Randall Smith was officially accepted as the head coach of Macon County High School’s football program on Mon., Apr. 2.
Smith says he’s excited about the opportunity to come home to Tennessee.
“I’m from Cookeville. I’ve been coaching and teaching in Georgia for 18 years,” he said.
Smith graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville with a degree in Health and Fitness Education in 1992. He received his Master’s degree in 1994 and received his Ed.S. degree in 2005.
He began his coaching career at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga.
Later, he took a position at Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga., where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the football team as well as serving in the capacity of assistant athletic director.
Most recently, Smith was head coach for Pebblebrook High School in Cobb County, Ga.
“Now I have the opportunity to come home to coach in Macon County.
“After 18 years away from Tennessee, we’ve been looking to come home. We want to be near our families as they enter their golden years, and, when we saw Macon County was open, we were excited.
“We love the small-town atmosphere. We’re really excited to get the opportunity. We’re excited to be back and to be part of the Tiger family.”
Smith also brings his wife Donna with him to Macon County. They have a daughter, Brandy, who lives in Cookeville, and two sons, Jacob and Jarod.
Jacob will be joining the coaching staff at Macon County High School.
The football team will begin spring practice on April 30.
“We’re just going to change the philosophy that we have here. We’re going to change our defense and some offensive philosophy, and we’re going to get back into a strict discipline program on the field.
“We’re just going to try to extend from the success that Macon has had and build from there.”
Smith replaces Mark Pemberton, who resigned last month after coaching the Tigers for two seasons.
He will be instructing the school’s weight training program.