Walt Smith has resigned as head football coach at Giles County, after leading the Bobcat program for the last 33 games, and is the first head football coaching casualty for the 2015 season.
Smith was 17-16 in those 33 games which includes leading the Bobcats to back to back Class 4A playoff appearances, the 4A state title game in his first year in 2013 as they finished 12-3 and lost to Fulton in the championship game, his overall coaching record is 99-54 in head coaching stops at Mt. Pleasant (2003-2011) and Zion Christian (2012) as well.
“I want to thank the people that supported me in my time at Giles County,” Smith said. “We were running the program the right way and I appreciate my coaching staff and the kids for playing hard and buying in to what we were trying to do and sometimes it’s just best to move on and that’s what I’m going to do.
Defensive Coordinator Scott Blair has been promoted to interim head coach for the Bobcats’ remaining four games against Spring Hill, Page, Signal Mountain and Tullahoma, according to Giles County principal Mark Cardin.
“We appreciate the time and effort that Coach Smith put in to the football program, he is a good teacher and role model for the kids, it just didn’t work out and coach (Scott) Blair will lead the program for the rest of the season,” Cardin said.
After going 12-3 and making the 4A championship game in 2013, the Bobcat program was dealt a big blow as junior defensive lineman Tison Marks was killed in a car accident last May, and they struggled going 5-7 on the year.
The Bobcats did but did make the playoffs last season, as they upset rival Marshall County 38-35 in the first round of the playoffs, a week after losing 34-17 to the Tigers in the last week of the regular season, as they were eliminated on the second round by White House 39-21.
The Bobcats are going into this week’s game versus Spring Hill winless at 0-6 and have been out scored 206-99 (34.3 to 16.5), but despite being outscored by 107 points, the Bobcats lost two games by a single point, Columbia 19-18 in week one and to Lawrence County 28-27 in week three.
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