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Haywood Hires New Head Football Coach

Haywood Hires New Head Football Coach

After four successful seasons at Germantown, Chris Smith is moving on to Haywood.

Smith who led Germantown to four Class 6A playoff appearances was named the new head coach at Haywood this morning.

“Haywood County Schools and Haywood High School are excited to announce Chris Smith as the new head coach for Tomcat Football, Haywood School Superintdent Joey Hassell said. When we began the search for a new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach who shared our values, who had demonstrated success, who showed a true commitment to the overall student athlete and who we believed could lead Haywood to a championship. It is our belief that we have found all of that and more in Coach Smith and we feel that he will be a great fit for the Tomcat Family.”

He replaces Steve Hookfin who resigned last month to take the Rogers Heritage (AR) head football job.

In his four year tenure at Haywood, the Tomcats improved every year under Hookfin making the 4A playoffs all four seasons, three years they won 10 plus games (10-2 in 2016, 11-3 in 2017 and 10-5 last year) as they finished 37-15 during that time.

Besides making the title game in 2018, Haywood made the Semifinal round in 2017.

”I’m excited about getting to Haywood and getting started, they have a great tradition in football and all athletics and an administration that really supports their coaches and athletics and that what was very interesting about the job,” Smith said. “They are set up to be a championship program and that is exciting.”

The Red Devils thrived under Smith the last two seasons as they went 23-2 and Germantown is coming off a 12-1 seasons in which they made the 6A Quarterfinals.

Germantown also won back to back region 8-6A titles in those seasons as well.

Before coming to Germantown, Smith was the offensive coordinator at Blytheville high school (AR), his alma mater in 2014.

Before going to Blytheville, Smith was the offensive coordinator at both Obion County (2010-2012) and Bolivar (2013).

There are currently 10 programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolivar, Bolton, Cocke County, Germantown, Glencliff, Hardin Valley, Manassas, MLK Prep, RePublic and Seqouyah

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