After an illustrious 17-year coaching career, former Kerrville Tivy and current San Antonio Madison head coach Mark Smith has decided to retire.
Smith announced his retirement last week, with the school district sending out an email to parents stating that Smith had accepted a position that was apart from coaching and teaching. Ben Baby of the San Antonio Express-News was the first to report Smith’s decision.
The 55-year-old Smith has struggled his last two years at Madison, going 4-16 with the Mavericks since taking over for the great Jim Streety. Before that, Smith spent two seasons taking over the Judson Rockets football program after Jim Rackley retired as well.
Overall, Smith retires with a 121-82-1 record as a head coach, winning 96 of those games in his 10 years as head coach of the Kerrville Tivy Antlers. Most notably, Smith led Tivy to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2008 and 2009, with a little help from Heisman trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2009.
Even though Madison has struggled mightily under Smith, going 0-10 last year alone, his decision to retire still comes as a surprise to some. But his career change will also allow his wife to retire from teaching, which was one of the main motivating factors to call it quits.
“The opportunity presented itself. As we looked at it and talked about it, it just made sense for us to do it,” Smith told Baby.
Madison hopes to have Smith’s replacement hired by the end of February just in time for Spring football.
Smith most recently served as the president of the Texas High School Coaches Association in 2015.