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Bass leaves McClain Christian after three years

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Seth Bass has resigned his position as McClain Christian Academy athletic director to accept a position at Hermann High School in Missouri.

Bass has been at MCA for three seasons, the first two as head coach of the Bulldogs’ eight-man football program before it was disbanded a year ago.

“My wife [Bridget] is from the Midwest originally, and we needed to be closer to her family again,” Bass aid. “It’s taken a lot of hard work these past few years, but it’s been a wonderful place and I hate leaving the kids. But I feel our move is for the best.”

Bass spent four years in Missouri as an assistant football coach at Culver-Stockton College before coming to Cumberland as a graduate-assistant in 2010.

In two years as McClain’s coach, Bass’ Bulldogs posted a 6-12 record, including a 5-4 mark in the second season, the team’s only full varsity campaign before it was merged as a co-op with Mt. Juliet Christian last fall, where he served as an assistant under former Saints coach Jake Roberts.

“Losing my football program hurt a lot, and actually got me looking around a little last spring to be honest,” Bass aid. “I knew MJCA wasn’t somewhere I wanted to coach long-term, but I was friends with Jake and wanted to help my kids transition into the co-op, too, so I stayed one more year.”

Bass also coached volleyball, bowling, tennis and golf at various times during his tenure. His wife coached volleyball at MJCA during this period.

While at MCA, a tennis program was started, the bowling team won back-to-back MTAC state tournaments, recorded the first playoff basketball wins for both girls and boys and saw the boys record their first winning basketball season with a 15-9 mark in 2012-13.

Bass oversaw the school’s transition into TSSAA and its co-op with MJCA.

“Aside from his knowledge, professionalism and work ethic, his most valuable asset to me is his God-like spirit,” said MCA interim headmaster Charles Poston. “He will be missed.”

A search for Bass’ replacement will begin immediately.

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