As Brian Smith contemplated his coaching future recently, one thought kept creeping into his mind.
“The bottom line is you never want to look back and regret anything,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Greenbrier High School head football coach finalized a decision that he said was a while in the making, resigning from his post after four years at the helm.
Smith, who has a 12-27 record at Greenbrier with one game left to play, will remain in his position as a teacher of technology at the school.
“There was no pressure or anything,” Smith stressed. “It’s just time for me right now to step away. I tell my kids all the time, faith, family, football – in that order.
“I’m going to take a breather and focus on faith and family right now.”
The family includes his wife, Sheri, and their four children: twins Hunter (Berry College) and Taylor (Clemson); Luke, 14; and Shelby, 11.
Though his final game leading the Wolfpack will be Friday’s home contest against Wayne County, Smith left the door open for a return to coaching.
After spending eight years at North Augusta High School, Smith left his post as defensive coordinator there to come to Greenbrier for the 2008 season.
Smith said the program has faced some adversity during his time there. In his first year, the school moved into the state’s highest classification – Class AAAAA – and was tasked with facing some of the state’s top teams in the metro Atlanta area for two years.
The Wolfpack have been in Class AAAA the past two years.
“These kids have made a lot of strides and improved every year,” said Smith, adding that a win over Wayne County would give Greenbrier its first .500 season in a long time.
“I think they’re sitting really good for the future,” he said of the program. “I only think it’s going to get better.”
Greenbrier Athletic Director Garrett Black said he’d meet soon with Principal Chris Segraves to discuss the future of the program.
“We’ll get together within the next two weeks, sit down and see where we’re going,” Black said.
“We want to put a timeline together because we want to get the best person we can to lead our football program,” he said. “This is a very important hire in our school and in our community.”
Black recognized Smith for the time and effort he’s devoted.
“I appreciate everything that Coach Smith has done for our football program and for the kids.”
Staff writer Wayne Staats contributed to this article.