After four seasons at the helm of the Moore County High School football team, Scott Smith is picking up roots and heading to Warren County. Smith gave his notice to Moore County High School principal Buddy Smith on Friday morning.
The official announcement confirmed what had been circulating through the rumor mill for several weeks, which included a variety of posts on social message boards.
Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead confirmed on Friday afternoon that Coach Smith was indeed leaving the Raiders’ program.
“Coach Smith notified (MCHS principal) Buddy Smith this morning,” said Moorehead. “(Principal) Smith and I spoke this morning and he told me that (Coach Smith) had accepted a job in Warren County. Mr. (Buddy) Smith is going to take some time over the weekend to assess the situation.
“We will then decide when we need to post the position.”
Moorehead added that Coach Smith’s departure didn’t come as a shock.
“I was not surprised because it had been rumored that he was thinking about going to a larger system,” Moorehead said.
With spring practice just around the corner, Moorehead and Buddy Smith are now charged with the task of finding a replacement.
“Ideally we would wait until we had a head coach in place to plan spring practice, but we have people on staff with head coaching experience and I am confident that they would be able to handle that if the search (for a new coach) took longer than expected,” added Moorehead.
Scott Smith was hired at Moore County in February 2010. In four seasons at MCHS, the Raiders compiled a 30-16 record. MCHS lost to eventual state runner-up South Pittsburg in the second round of the Class A TSSAA playoffs this season.
For more on this breaking story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 16 print edition of The Moore County News.
—By Robert Holman, MCN Editor & Publisher