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Greenbrier football coach resigns

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 1:07 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 2:53 AM
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As Brian Smith contemplated his coaching future recently, one thought kept creeping into his mind.

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

“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.

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Chillen
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Chillen 11/02/11 - 03:27 pm
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Greenbrier has the talent to

Greenbrier has the talent to have a great football team. They just need better coaching. Starting in Middle School and moving up to High School.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/02/11 - 09:31 pm
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For the most part, Coach

For the most part, Coach Smith has his priorities in order. However, friends should be inserted among his priorities between family and football.

Like I see it
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Like I see it 11/03/11 - 09:11 am
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Maybe the Evans head coach

Maybe the Evans head coach will follow his lead.

CCBall
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CCBall 11/03/11 - 11:34 am
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I know the Wolfpack nation

I know the Wolfpack nation has been waiting several years for this. Their program has been decimated but has potential to rebound quick if they can get a good coach. I see that Smith is not giving up his teacher spot like he should. That show that he never cared about the football kids anyway. He knows his teacher spot is important to getting some good coaching in there. Anyway, the school board should connect teacher spots to the coaching spot unless you were already a teacher there when hired.

Haki
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Haki 11/04/11 - 12:04 am
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Never cared because he's

Never cared because he's keeping his job? I've never met an educator who entered the profession to become a coach. Sounds like a good reason to resign. Have to respect a man who steps up. Not those who sit behind a computer and criticize.

jshiver1984
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jshiver1984 11/04/11 - 04:28 am
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That's horrible rationale,

That's horrible rationale, CCBall. The guy is an educator first, coach second. He didn't have to get special certification to be a football coach.

CCBall
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CCBall 11/04/11 - 05:06 pm
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Reality Check---Well like or

Reality Check---Well like or not the Football coach spends more time with and has (or should have) more positive influence on more young men, the school and community than any teacher at the school could ever imagine. That is why they are certified, attend special training sessions and are essentially always hired by a school because they were, 1st, picked as the footbal coach and 2nd, because they teach a class. Heck, where I grew up the football coach didn't really teach classes because of their coaching position. I guess Columbia County does it different and that is why the schools lack community and team spirit, not to mention success. Some thing are bigger than yourself and should be treated that way, high school football coaching is one of those things whether you like it or not.

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Riverman1 11/04/11 - 05:25 pm
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Yeah, right. Nick Saban

Yeah, right. Nick Saban teaches phys ed or something?

ghswim
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ghswim 11/05/11 - 12:46 pm
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CCBall, you have no idea what

CCBall, you have no idea what you are talking about. All intellegent athletes, parents and teachers know that, in the end, a person's family must come first. As a teacher and coach, my athletes know how much I sacrifice my time away from my family for them. But if a choice would have to be made between them or my family, they know my family is my #1 priority. If not, why would I have gotten married in the first place. Brian Smith sacrifices time with his time not only on the field but also with the classroom, as teachers spend hours grading and planning. I completely respect his choice as does his athletes. As Brian Smith knows, the only thing bigger than ourselves is our faith. High school athletics; whether it is football, softball or swimming is not always bigger than the person coaching it. Those of us who live coaching and teaching, and are successful at them, know the difference. Respect people's choices as we would respect your opinions.

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