McKinney Lions hire football coach

Lake Highland’s defensive coordinator selected by McKinney school trustees

The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Lake Highlands defensive coordinator Jeff Smith as the new McKinney High School Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach on Tuesday night.

Smith replaces Bobby Reyes, 59, who was 11-21 at McKinney High and finished 4-7 the past two seasons. McKinney fell to Highland Park in the playoffs the last two seasons. Reyes had a career record of 70-76, including a 52-33 mark at Richardson J.J. Pearce. He is teaching math this semester.

Smith has served as a coach and teacher at Lake Highlands High School since 2007.

“Jeff is extremely enthusiastic and demonstrates a unique ability to relate to students,” McKinney ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. J.D. Kennedy. “His proven success as both an offensive and defensive coordinator will bode well for moving the McKinney High School football program forward. In addition, he has extensive experience coaching other sports and has served as a great advocate for both boys and girls athletics.”

Last season, the Lake Highlands football team earned the title of the No. 1-ranked 5A area defense, giving up 215 yards and 16 points per game. Lake Highlands High School was the 9-5A District Runner-Up (9-3) and advanced to the area qualifier in the playoffs.

In 2008, the team went 10-3 and was named 9-5A District Champions. They advanced in the playoffs as Area Champions and reached the Regional Semifinals.

Smith was an Offensive Coordinator at Lorena High School, near Waco, Texas, before moving to Lake Highlands.

While at Lorena, he coached the running game, offensive line and was also head JV coach. His other jobs at Lorena included being the assistant boys basketball coach, head girls track coach and girls basketball coach.

He also served as an athletic coordinator/head 10th-grade football coach at Vines High School in Plano ISD.

Other coaching experience in Plano includes Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano Senior High School and Robinson Middle School.

While serving as an assistant coach at Plano Senior High School, the football team was crowned Area Finalist.

TEACHING

Smith has taught U.S. History, Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Physical Education and Health. He has also worked with the PALs Program (Peer Assistance and Leadership.

He is actively involved in the Texas High School Coaches Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Coaches Outreach.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He and his wife Kelli reside in Murphy, Texas, and they are the proud parents of son Jake and daughter Allie.

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