CARTHAGE, Mo. – Nicole Sipes has been tabbed as the next head coach for the Carthage
High School girls’’ track team. Sipes, a native of Frontenac, Kansas, has been an assistant
track coach for the Tigers since 2010. She will take the position that is being vacated by
Andy Youngworth, who retires from CHS as the head track coach of both the boys’ and
girls’ track teams at the conclusion of the season this spring.
Coach Sipes has been with the Carthage R-9 School District since her hiring in 2008. She
was originally hired as a volleyball and basketball coach and taught health at CHS. She
now teaches personal fitness, general weights, and powerwalking in the physical
While in high school at Frontenac, she excelled in basketball and volleyball. She also ran
track as a freshman, then joined the softball team which was a newly formed sport in her
last three years in high school.
Sipes continued her athletic and academic career at Labette Community College signing
to play basketball. While at Labette, she also played volleyball one year, and played on
the softball team two years. Her collegiate path then took her to Pittsburg State
University as a member of the women’s basketball team. It’s at PSU that she completed
her bachelor’s degree while earning Dean’s List recognition as a student-athlete.
Upon graduation from Pitt State Coach Sipes began her teaching and coaching career at
Northeast School District in Kansas where she taught and coached for two years.
She then moved to Sarcoxie High School to accept her first jobs as a head coach. She led
the Bears’ softball team for eleven years, girls’ volleyball for 10 years, and girls’
basketball for 2 seasons. That head coaching experience will be valuable as she begins
her tenure at CHS next school year.