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Bethel Coach Seeks School Board Slot

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A McKenzie woman with two decades of service on a university level is seeking a seat on the McKenzie School Board.

Misty Aird, the 20-year Bethel University Women’s Soccer Coach, has announced her candidacy for the McKenzie School Board in the upcoming Thursday, August 6 election.

Aird earned five KIAC “Coach of the Year” titles throughout her career and was honored as NAIA Region XII “Coach of the Year” in 2003 and 2004. Bethel qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for three consecutive years in 2003, 2004 and 2005 with an “Elite Eight” finish in 2004. In 2006, Aird reached the 100-win plateau. Her team’s win over Middle Georgia State in the SSAC Quarterfinals three years ago served as her 200th career victory at the school.

Under her leadership, the Lady Wildcats finished 12-6-1 and were 6-2 in the SSAC last year.

Aird holds bachelor degrees in physical education and athletic training from Bartlesville Wesleyan and Missouri Valley College. She earned her master’s degree in education from Bethel College in 2001. The school board candidate is currently working on graduate hours specializing in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Aird’s coaching career has led to her ranking 11th among active coaches in the NAIA.

When she is not spending time on the soccer field training with her team, Aird is active in her community through the McKenzie Rotary Club.

She is a member of First Baptist Church in McKenzie.

Aird and her husband, Matt, celebrate 20 years of marriage this year.

The couple resides in McKenzie with their three children - Maggie, Zach and Gracie - all of whom attend school in the McKenzie Special School District.

Aird humbly requests those casting a ballot in the Thursday, August 6 election choose her as a McKenzie Special School District School Board member.

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