Coach Pennington has lived in Poplar Bluff most of his life and for the past 35 years has been a self employed insurance agent. He graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri in 1979. For the past four years, he has been the head softball coach at Van Buren High School where he compiled a record on 134-35. He also coached local travel teams in the late 1990's and early 2000's in this area. He played on two state championship fast pitch teams in 1987 and 1988. He is also a 16 year veteran basketball official with MSHSAA. He has been married to his wife Debbie for 33 years and is the proud father of two children. Heather is a Jr. High teacher and JV basketball coach in the Jackson School District. Ryan is a local business man in the insurance and auto business. His pride and joy are his two grandsons, Grayson who soon turns 2 and Miller who is about to turn 1.