HORNBECK – Hornbeck principal Wilkie Richmond was looking for the right person to fill the shoes of former head baseball coach Dustin Smith, who led the Hornets to the Class B state baseball title in 2012.

HORNBECK – Hornbeck principal Wilkie Richmond was looking for the right person to fill the shoes of former head baseball coach Dustin Smith, who led the Hornets to the Class B state baseball title in 2012.

After talking to a few candidates, just one stood out over the rest – Kyle Goetting.

Goetting, who was the head coach at Jewel Sumner for the past three years, was hired earlier this month, taking over a program primed to make another run at the state title.

“We are really pleased that Coach Goetting is coming to Hornbeck,” Richmond said. “He is a good, Christian man and we believe he will fit right in with our family at Hornbeck High School.”

Over the past three years at Jewel Sumner, which is located in the Tangipahoa Parish town of Kentwood, Goetting guided the Cowboys to a record of 51-28, with two district titles in the double-tough 8-3A league.

He was named the District 8-3A Coach of the Year on two occasions and guided the Cowboys to a quarterfinal appearance during his tenure.

A 2003 graduate of Thayer (Mo.) High School, Goetting played collegiately at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. And was also a head baseball coach at Gainesville (Mo.) High School.

In addition to baseball, Goetting also served as the head coach of the football team at Mount Hermon at one time, along with being an assistant football coach at Gainesville and West Plains (Mo.).