November 29, 2012

Rockwall AD/HC Scott Smith leaving

Rockwall football coach Scott Smith has resigned as Rockwall head coach.Smith, who has a been a successful high school, college player and coach,declined to elaborate on his plans. Rockwall defensive coordinator Chris Patton will serve as Rockwall's interim head coach. Smith officially will leave the school district Dec. 31.

"Being the AD, you evaluate every program every year and I felt there needed to be a change," Smith said. "And when I looked at the AD role, I didn't want to just do that. I've got some coaching to do. It's what a love to do. I think the district needs to look at the dual role and see what direction they want to go in."

Rockwall went 2-8 this season.Smith has been at Rockwall since 2005. He was named athletic director in 2009. Rockwall has a 33-40 in his seven seasons, with three playoff berths but no playoff wins. Rockwall moved into District 12-5A this past season but relied on sophomore standout RB Chris Warren and WR/QB Xavier Castille and freshman linebacker Luke Termin. As Rockwall's enrollment gains after the opening of Rockwall-Heath, Rockwall likely will gain strength as a program. When Smith arrived from Odessa Permian in '05, Rockwall hadn't made the playoffs since 1994.

Rockwall-Heath coach Mickey Moss said he didn't know how the school district would replace the two positions, but Moss said he'd likely just remain coach at Heath.

A graduate of Highland Park, Smith played at Baylor under Grant Teaff. Smith had been head coach at Highland Park, Duncanville and Garland before becoming as assistant at Baylor under former Bears coach Kevin Steele. Smith (99-75-2 career HC mark) took over for T.J. Mills at Permian.

Smith is one of the most respected coaches in the THSCA. He also had a part in the movie 'Friday Night Lights,' playing an assistant coach at Permian.

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