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Emma Montgomery

Jefferson City Public Schools announced more coaching hires for Capital City High School on Wednesday.

The CCHS dance team coach will be Emma Montgomery.

Montgomery is a dance instructor at Dancers' Alley in Jefferson City, according to a news release from JCPS. She has provided dance instruction for Dancearts in Columbia and has also served as an assistant coach for the Hickman High School dance team.

"Emma is sure to put her leadership and communication skills to work and will contribute greatly to student success in and out of the classroom at CCHS," CCHS Activities Director Robert Ndessokia said in the district's news release.

Brett Skinner will be the CCHS head baseball coach and interim head softball coach.

Trevor Hibbs was previously announced this year by JCPS as CCHS' baseball and softball coach, but JCPS Director of Communications Ryan Burns said Wednesday Hibbs ultimately decided to stay in his current position with another school district.

While Burns did not immediately know the timeline for hiring a permanent head softball coach at CCHS, she said the plan is for Skinner to be the coach at least for the coming season.

Skinner has worked for JCPS since August 2016, when he implemented Math 180 instruction for middle school students at Jefferson City Academic Center.

He was most recently a business teacher at Simonsen 9th Grade Center, and he has coached baseball and softball for JCHS from January 2012 to the most current baseball season. He spent four years on baseball staff and one year with softball.

"Coach Skinner possesses excellent leadership, organizational and time-management skills," Ndessokia said.

"He has an innate ability to quickly adapt to changing environments inside the classroom and also on the field of play," Ndessokia said of Skinner.

Also Wednesday, the school district announced the hiring of Tony Phillips as Jefferson City High School boys basketball head coach.

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