Coach Smith was the track and field coach at Southern from 1983-94 and was assistant coach for the football and wrestling teams during much of that time.

Smith moved into an administrative position in 1994 but remained an assistant coach with the football team until he left Southern Alamance in 2000 to take a position at East Chapel Hill.

“He showed me how to be a professional,” said Danny Pope, a longtime Southern Alamance athletics department staffer.

Smith retired from East Chapel Hill three years ago. He was also on the football and wrestling coaching staffs at East Chapel Hill.