New Eldon basketball coaches step up

Lincoln’s resignation sees assistant coach at helm

Former Eldon head boys basketball coach Jimmy Lincoln is seen here with the Mustangs at the Just Play Hard shootout in 2012. Lincoln’s position is now filled by Coach Nick Voss.

Former Eldon head boys basketball coach Jimmy Lincoln is seen here with the Mustangs at the Just Play Hard shootout in 2012. Lincoln’s position is now filled by Coach Nick Voss. Photo by Alison Schneider.

Assistant Coach Nick Voss has been named the interim head boys basketball coach for the Eldon Mustangs.

Voss takes the interim position in his first season with the Mustangs and following former head boys basketball Coach Jimmy Lincoln’s resignation, which was accepted by the Eldon School Board of Education at its meeting Dec. 24, 2012.

Lincoln had been put on administrative leave following an incident involving personal matters at a basketball game in mid-December. He had been reinstated in November as head boys basketball negating a five-game suspension he received as a result of a termination hearing on July 31, 2012. Lincoln requested the July hearing in response to the board’s decision to seek termination after allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct were brought forth after the team attended a summer camp in June.

According to a statement release by Eldon School superintendent Matt Davis, Coach Lincoln had been at Eldon for the last three seasons. Last season, the Mustangs had a record of 21-6, won the Eldon Tournament, and played for a district championship.

“Coach Lincoln helped revitalize the Eldon Tournament and make it a showcase in Mid-Missouri during his tenure,” Davis said in his statement. “We wish Jimmy Lincoln and his family the best of luck in their new endeavors.”

Voss grew up in St. Elizabeth, where he was an All-State basketball and baseball player. As a player, his basketball teams made it to the final four two seasons in a row, and he was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Coach Voss attended Maple Woods Community College and played baseball for two seasons. “Nick then transferred to Lincoln University and graduated with a degree in physical education. Coach Voss was the head coach at St. Elizabeth for one season and an assistant there for three seasons. He was also an assistant at Stover for one season. Nick and his wife Dana currently reside in Eldon,” Davis’ statement said.

Davis also reported Cody Kliethermes moved up into the junior varsity coaching position. Kliethermes was an All-State basketball player for the Mustangs and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Kliethermes played basketball four years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has been an assistant coach at Eldon for the past three seasons, Davis said in the statement.

Steve Henderson also came back to the Mustang Basketball program to coach the freshman through this season. Henderson had great success as a basketball coach at Eldon before moving into administration, Davis said.

“The Eldon School District anticipates continued success through this transition and the remainder of the season,” Davis added in the statement.

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