Chris Smith was coaching his son’s recreation basketball team Tuesday night when his cell phone rang.
“It was the call I’ve been hoping to get,” said Smith.
Madison County High School principal Dr. Chad Stone informed Smith Tuesday that he will be the Red Raiders’ next head football coach. The county school board voted Smith as the MCHS head coach by a unanimous vote Tuesday.
“It’s been something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” said Smith, a 1992 MCHS graduate. “I’ve wanted that opportunity, but you have to wait and you have to pay your dues.”
Smith was a two-year starting quarterback for Madison County in 1991-92, who went on to stand out at quarterback for Presbyterian College. The Madison County native then came home to work at the high school in 1997, taking an assistant coaching position under Dale Smallen. He worked under Tom Hybl and Randell Owens over the next 14 years, always overseeing quarterbacks and spending time with various other duties, including coaching running backs, the secondary, defensive end and serving as offensive coordinator.
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