Steve Smith will take over the Jellico football program after serving as the Blue Devil defensive coordinator the last two seasons.
He replaces Dustin Buckner who resigned last month to become an assistant at Corbin (KY) high school after leading the program the last three seasons.
“Stephen Smith will be the new head coach for Jellico High School Football program. This change should be very smooth as he was second in command to coach Buckner for the past two years. Mr. Smith has much football experience and will continue leading our team in improvement and success,” Jellico principal Donna Singley said.
The Blue Devils are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2004 as they lost to Oliver Springs in the first round of Class 1A playoffs.
“I’m excited to continue the progress of what coach Buckner started the last three years,” Smith said. “Jellico has been a program in the past that had not had a lot of success but we have some good numbers now and I want to improve on what coach Buckner has built here.”
Smith has taught the last six years at Jellico but didn’t coach football the first four years but was the Blue Devil defensive coordinator the last two seasons.
Before coming to Jellico, Smith also was an assistant coach at Campbell County, Sewanee (FL) high school, Middlesboro (KY) high school and Crockett County.
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