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A new era begins

KG native Jeff Smith named Fox varsity head football coach

King George County native Jeff Smith has been hired as the new King George High School Head Football Coach for the upcoming season, following the resignation of former Coach John Bryant after his one year stint with the Foxes.  On June 10, the King George County School Board approved the hiring of Smith, who will be the seventh head coach for the KGHS football program since Roger Pierce headed up the Foxes in 1995.
 
A 1989 KGHS graduate, Smith has been the Truancy Coordinator for King George County Schools for four years, following his nine year service as a Juvenile Probation Officer for King George County 15 District Court Unit.

Coach Smith brings with him an impressive resume loaded with coaching experience.  For thirteen consecutive years he has served as an assistant football coach at KGHS, working with special teams, quarterbacks, wide receivers, defensive and tight ends.  Smith recently resigned as the Foxes varsity basketball head coach after three years, to take the helm of the football program.  He also has served as head baseball coach in the early 90’s.



“I felt it was the right time [to apply for the lead football coaching position].  After dealing with the kids in school, I felt I was ready,” said the coach of his decision to apply for the spot.  Coach Smith said that coaching basketball has advanced his coaching skills to where he feels ready to take on the major task of a high school football program, although he will miss working with the basketball program.  

Smith and his twin brother, Jerold, were All-Battlefield District football players for the Foxes and, in 1988, led their team to the state semi-finals after winning the regional championship.  The brothers went on to play together at the next level at Ferrum College, both earning starting positions as freshmen.  Coach Smith earned a Psychology Degree and headed back to King George, where he has been ever since graduating from college.  He resides in King George County with his wife, Alison, and their daughter Savannah. 

The Smith brothers still spend a significant amount of time together as they both have played on a men’s professional slow-pitch softball team out of Rochester, New York, for the past fourteen years.  From March to September, the duo travel all over the country two or three weekends per month playing in the highest level league of slow-pitch softball.

Football’s first plans have been set for KGHS.  Conditioning begins June 22 with two sessions and will run until July 27.  For prospective football players who are rising freshmen through seniors, conditioning sessions will be held from 5-6:30pm and 6:30-8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. 

Team camp will be held July 27-30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at KGHS for anyone who will be in seventh through twelfth grades.   Equipment handouts will take place on the week of camp, with seniors on Monday from 3-5:30 p.m., juniors on Tuesday from 3-5:30 p.m., sophomores on Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m., and freshmen on Thursday from 3-5:30p.m.  In the camp, players will learn the fundamentals of football, working with the varsity program staff.  Anyone interested can sign up for the camp through King George Parks & Recreation.  The cost is $35 per person.

Coach Smith conveys a positive enthusiasm in whatever he is involved in.  He will without a doubt do everything he can to build a first-rate program at KGHS.  “I look forward to the opportunity to build a winning tradition in King George,” said Smith.  “I hope to be here for a long time.”   Best wishes to Coach Smith.  Go Foxes!
 

Teri Priebe
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