Michael Egnew tries to evade Kansas defenders

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew tries to evade Kansas defenders on Nov. 26, 2011, at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. Egnew was hired Monday as Tolton’s next head football coach.

Tolton High School has hired former MU football star Michael Egnew as its next head football coach and has filled four more coaching vacancies in other sports, the school announced Monday morning.

Tolton also announced the hiring of Elizabeth Best as the new skipper of the girls volleyball program, Don Barnes as an assistant volleyball coach, Allison McGough as girls tennis coach and Renee Hulshof as coach of the dance team.

Egnew has been an assistant coach at Tolton for four seasons. He played tight end for Missouri from 2008-2011 and was a two-time All-Big 12 receiver and an All-American in 2010. He will be the second head football coach in school history at Tolton.

Best graduated from MU in 2018 and will also teach history and British literature.

Hulshof, another MU graduate, organized and helped found the dance team five years ago. She is also known in the community for her talk show “The Morning Meeting with Simon & Renee” on KFRU radio.

The hires were made by an athletic department currently under the interim direction of Gary Link, who took over on March 5 after former athletic director and football coach Chad Masters left for a coaching job at Vianney.

“It’s the time of year when a lot of teachers are renewing contracts,” spokesman Joe Bradley said. Changing contracts, then, leave more space for openings for new positions, he said.

Link, whom the school says is a candidate for the permanent AD job, was a former basketball player and administrator at MU. Tolton said the goal upon his interim appointment was to fill the four head coach openings before the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Destinee Patterson also contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Reed Koutelas.

  • Bennett Durando covers Mizzou football for the Missourian. Reach him with tips, story ideas or Mizzou-induced rage at bdurando@outlook.com, or in the newsroom at 573-882-5700.

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