Coach Terry W. Kitchen was a 1970 graduate of Cape Central High School. While in high school, he was a stand-out athlete lettering in 3 sports. Terry was selected to the 1969 Missouri High School All-State Football team as a defensive specialist. Making him Cape Central’s 2nd All-State football player. Terry received Honorable Mention All-State Baseball in 1970. In spring of 1970, Terry received the title of “Mr. CHS” as voted by the CHS student body. Terry was also awarded the Lou Muegge Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.
Terry attended SEMO University on a full baseball scholarship, lettering all four years.
Terry became “Coach Kitchen “ at Cape Central in 1978 when he was hired to teach General Science, Physical Education, coach Junior High football and Head High School Baseball for the Tigers.
Coach Kitchen’s true passion was the Cape Central Tigers and he was blessed with coaching success in Jr High football and High School baseball. His Head Baseball coaching career at Cape Central was 1978-1991. During his tenure, his won-loss record was 217-65. His teams made 4 appearances in the final-4 Missouri State Baseball playoffs, finishing second in 1980.
Terry made a job change in the summer of 1991 to become the Athletic Director for Cape Public Schools. While athletic director, Coach Kitchen received several awards as an outstanding administrator and an outstanding athletic director. In 2002 Coach Kitchen was inducted into the Cape Central Sports Hall of Fame. In July 2018 Coach Kitchen had the honor of receiving the prestigious Semoball Lifetime Achievement Award. Terry was also honored in December 2018 with the Sam Giambelluca Lifetime Achievement Award from the Poplar Bluff Letter Club for service to Missouri Athletes.
Terry and his wife Barbara have two sons Tatum (Kari) and Kory (Lauren) and four grandchildren.
The three loves of Terry Kitchen’s life were: God, Family, and the Cape Central Tigers.