Citing the desire to move closer to family, Okeechobee High School Football Coach Tyrone Smith stepped down this week after 18 years in the Okeechobee County School District.
Smith Said that the players were silent and emotional when he told them this week but he told them that football will always move forward.
Smith spent a total of 18 years in Okeechobee and says that the relationships he built with his players past and present will always mean a lot to him.
Smith was a top assistant for Chris Branham for over 10 years and went 7-22 as the head man the last four seasons. He lead Okeechobee to a 5-4 record this season which was their first winning season since 2016.
OHS Administration is still considering options when it comes to who will take over as Head Coach in the fall.
Smith and his staff is currently coaching the team during spring drills. The team was scheduled to tale on George Jenkins High School in Lakeland tomorrow night (May 14th) but that game was canceled due to Covid issues with George Jenkins High School. Smith has still been organizing team summer camps and travel schedule for the summer.
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the part one and part two links below. In the Interview you will hear:
- His reasons for stepping down
- His thought process in leaving
- His reflection on Okeechobee as a community
- His reflection on his coaching career at OHS
- His transition plan for the summer
- His thoughts on the Brahmans this spring and next fall
- and more….