From Southcrest Christian School:
Southcrest Christian School proudly announced a new addition to their team today, Athletic Director Jeff Kidder.
"We are so excited to welcome Coach Kidder to the Southcrest family," noted Principal Linda Merriott. "Jeff is a stellar coach with a proven track record and the honors that accompany such a winning career. But more importantly, he is a man of character who will lead our programs, coaches, young men and women with honor."
"I would like to thank the Southcrest Christian school board for giving me this tremendous opportunity to be the Athletic Director of one of finest Christian schools in West Texas," stated Kidder. "My family is thrilled to return to Lubbock and be part of something very special. We enjoyed and missed the wonderful people of Lubbock and Southcrest. We give praise to The Lord for allowing us to continue this journey."
Kidder has a career record of 432-109 in 16 years as a Junior College head coach at Howard College (1991-93), Dixie State College (1997-05), Indian Hills Community College (2006-11), Texas Tech University (2011-2012) and Taylor County High School (2012-2013). He won 20 or more games in 15 of 16 seasons as head coach and eclipsed the 30-win plateau on five occasions.
A native of Kentucky, Kidder led Dixie State College to the 2002 NJCAA national title after going 34-3 that season. As a result, he was named the NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and Coach of the Tournament. Other honors include being named NJCAA Region 11 Coach of the Year three times, the Scenic West Conference Coach of the Year four times and the NJCAA Region 18 Coach of the Year on four occasions. Along with his National Coach of the Year award in 2002, Kidder was named the Top Junior College Coach in the country by Basketball Times in 2004.
Kidder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Kentucky, where he was a student assistant with the Wildcats under legendary coach Eddie Sutton. Jeff and his wife, Monica, have two children, daughter, Bailey, and son, Jacob.