Coach resigns at Jellico after only four months

Coach resigns at Jellico after only four months
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Four months after being promoted to head football coach at Jellico, Steve Smith is on the move and will not lead the Blue Devil program.

Smith has resigned his position and will be the quarterback and running backs coach at Union County and will join Larry Kerr’s staff in Maynardsville.

In the interim, the Jellico administration has made coach Johnny Massengale the interim head coach and will lead the program until a permanent replacement is found.

“Mr. Smith resigned yesterday as teacher and head football coach. We have placed the position on TSSAA website and have immediately began the search for a replacement and Mr. Massengale will fill in until the position is filled,” Jellico principal Donna Singley said.

Smith had been promoted from defensive coordinator to had coach at Jellico replacing Dustin Buckner who resigned to become an assistant at Corbin (KY) high school after leading the program the last three seasons.

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.

Before coming to Jellico, Smith also was an assistant coach at Campbell County, Sewanee (FL) high school, Middlesboro (KY) high school and Crockett County.

The following two schools are looking for a new head coach: Humboldt and White House Heritage

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