Soccer Field Dedicated
to Roy Poynter
by Brenda Steffens
Director of Communications
During the Morgan County R-I School Board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, the school board voted to name the soccer field after a dedicated teacher, coach, and athletic director at Morgan County R-1 for the past 41 years. The field will be known as Roy Poynter Field. The dedication of Roy Poynter Field will take place approximately noon Saturday, Oct. 19 during the Stover Soccer Classic.
Roy becan his teaching career at Morgan County R-I in August 1979 as a junior high math teacher. Throughout his years besides teaching math, he was also the high school counselor, athletic director, class sponsor, bus driver, and coached many sports.
Roy grew up in Sedalia and attend Smith-Cotton High School where he played baseball and graduated in 1970. After high school, he attended State Far Community College, where he played baseball and soccer. After graduating in 1972, he transferred to Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. Roy quit college and went to work full-time, before going to finish his degree and graduating from CMSU in 1979.
Roy began coaching soccer in 1985 and continued coaching the next 32 years. When asked what his most memorable years were and why, he replied, “That’s a hard one. One of the most memorable years would be the two years we played without a home field. For two years we traveled to every game, but the parents and the community followed us. Even though it was tough, it was worth it with the home field that was built. The other memorable year would have to be the 1995-1996 school year when we won the conference tournament, the conference title, and second place in the district tournament.”
Roy credits his coaching style from Skip Schultz and Wes Sanders, his high school baseball coaches. His college baseball coach, Foster McQuire, also had an important influence on him. Poynter said, “I learned a lot about dealing with high school kids from Dan Page, Gene Anderson, Dean Ringen, and Jim Bellis.”
After coaching 32 years, Poynter has lots of wonderful memories, great relationships with players, coaches he has coached against, and officials. Poynter said he was fortunate to coach with Anderson, Page, Jared Bellis, Chris Witte, Mark Shore, and Lon Larson.
When asked what he hoped his players had learned from him, he replied, “We try to teach the players how to compete, how to accept winning and losing, take pride in their practice habits, and to simply enjoy the experience of playing.”
Besides the memories, trophies, and bus rides, he has enjoyed seeing the players he has coached go into education and coaching and enjoy the success. He feels very fortunate to have a wonderful group of parents and community members who support the soccer program. The school district is very fortunate to have an educator who has been very dedicated to the students, staff, district, and the community.
Throughout the past 41 years, Poynter has always been willing to do whatever needs to be done, whether it’s driving a bus, working the concession stand, supervising an activity, or filling in wherever needed. He has been a mentor to many new teachers and numerous students. He has given countless hours to the school district. We hope his former athletes and the community will come out to this dedication ceremony where we recognize his contribution to the district and community and say “Thank You” to Roy Poynter.