The Pioneers have found their man. Scott Smith was hired Friday as the next Warren County High School football coach.
Warren County High School athletic director Todd Willmore confirmed the hire and helped introduce Smith to the Pioneer squad Friday. Willmore believes the coach with 22 years experience, a 113-67 career record and a state-championship ring was a home-run hire for Warren County.
“We are really excited about Scott’s ability to build a program. Everywhere he has been, the kids play hard for him and love him,” said Willmore. “He relates well to all age groups. We’re looking forward to some great football.”
Smith has coached the Moore County Raiders for the past four years and compiled a 30-16 record during that span. The Raiders advanced to postseason play three times under Smith and won in the opening round of the playoffs in 2010 and again last year with a victory over Harriman. In 2012, Smith guided the Raiders to an undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking in single A.
Warren County received over 65 applicants for the position and conducted interviews with several candidates – including coaches from Florida, Iowa and Alabama – but decided to stay relatively local.
Smith’s head coaching career started in 1996 as the head coach of Greenbrier High School. He accepted the head coaching position at Ezell Harding in 1999 and stayed there for five seasons. In 2001, Smith guided Ezell Harding to a 15-0 record and claimed the TSSAA single A state championship.
Before taking over Moore County in 2010, Smith served as head coach at Independence from 2004-06 and Science Hill from 2007-09. Smith got his coaching career started as an assistant coach at Antoich from 1992-95 and he made a return to Antoich in 1998.
According to the Moore County News, Smith wanted a chance at coaching in a large classification. Smith informed the school Friday, according to that newspaper.
Willmore says Smith is expected to assume full responsibilities with the Pioneer football program later this month.