The Orange Beach community welcomed Coach Chase Smith as Orange Beach High School’s first football coach and athletic director during a reception at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on Friday, March 22.
The Baldwin County Board of Education approved the transfer of Coach Smith from Robertsdale High School to Orange Beach High School at its meeting on Thursday, March 21.
“I am thrilled to continue my career in Baldwin County,” Coach Smith said. “I have been blessed to call it home for 12 years. I would like to deeply thank Robertsdale High School and the City of Robertsdale for their amazing support over the past year. I will remember all the great relationships formed there. This decision was made with my family and future in mind. The opportunity to build something from the ground up with a vision in mind is truly rare. I cannot express how excited I am to take on this task of building a culture of excellence with like-minded and purpose-driven people that will make up The Mako family.”
The Orange Beach High/Middle Facebook page welcomed Coach Smith to the Mako Family as well as a few other exciting hires on Friday morning.
“Please give a warm Mako Welcome to our new school family:
Mrs. Sue Cardwell, Executive Secretary
Mrs. Joana Mercer, Counselor
Mrs. Teresa Kennon Hartley, Registrar
Coach Chase Smith, AD/Head Football Coach
We are excited to have them come on board! #baldwinproud #MakoFamily”
Orange Beach High School Principal Erika McCoy said Coach Smith will officially start on April 1, which is McCoy’s official start date as well.
Smith will leave Robertsdale High School, where he served as head coach/AD for a year at the 6A program.
Smith is a graduate of Shades Valley High School in Birmingham and Jacksonville State University.
He started coaching at Spain Park High School in Hoover and then in Greenville as a running backs coach. He then moved on to assistant coaching for four years at Spanish Fort High School. He worked with running backs in 2007, defensive linemen from 2008 to 2009 and the offensive line in 2010.
In 2011, Smith step onto the college gridiron to coach at the University of South Alabama. With the Jaguars, he served as a graduate assistant, director of football operations and held on-field positions coaching tight ends and offensive linemen.
Orange Beach High School will begin classes in Fall of 2019 with 9th and 10th graders.