Mike Smith Steps Down at Jackson Memorial

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After being part of three state championship football teams as an assistant and a head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial head coach Mike Smith said on Monday that he has resigned to spend some time with his family.

Smith, 43, had a career record of 54-32 in eight seasons as head coach and led the Jaguars to a 6-4 season this past fall. Jackson Memorial won the 2005 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV title under Smith and also appeared in the 2004 CJ IV final. Smith was also the defensive coordinator on the back-to-back undefeated Jackson teams in 2000-01. He has coached a total of 18 years between a seven-year stint at Lakewood and his time at Jackson Memorial.

Smith has a daughter who is currently a freshman at Jackson Liberty and another who is in middle school, both of whom are athletes.

“For 18 years, I watched everyone else’s kids play, so I want to watch mine a little bit,” Smith said. “It was a very hard decision, but it’s just one of those things, and when it came down to it, my oldest daughter only has three years of high school left.

“I think the program is in a good spot. We have a great parents’ club, great support, and it’s set up for someone to come in and have success. It’s a great place to be.”

The Jaguars return 1,000-yard rusher Brandon Winston and nearly their entire defense next year while competing in Class A South. They will lose a pair of standout linemen in seniors Tim Nolan and Dimitrius Smith as well as quarterback Fred Scheer to graduation. Jackson’s last playoff appearance came in 2007, as the Jaguars have adjusted in recent seasons to losing some talent thanks to the opening of Jackson Liberty High School.

Defensive coordinator Walt Krystopik and offensive line coach Tony Compitello are possible candidates to replace Smith at a job that is considered one of the better ones in the Shore Conference. Quarterbacks coach Bill Rankin is also a possibility, but Rankin took on a more reduced role this season because he has three children under the age of three years old and could not devote the amount of time necessary to be the offensive coordinator, a role he had previously held.

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One Response to “Mike Smith Steps Down at Jackson Memorial”

  1. Jags Fan for life Says:

    I remember when my son first played for Smitty and the jags it was such a big deal for him.Ever since Pop Warner the goal was to go from watching the H.S. games on Friday nights to playing in them under coach Smith.When that happend I could see how proud my son was to put on that helmet and jersey.I want to thank Smitty and his coaching staff for everything they have done to help my son become a fine young man on and off the field.The Jungle wont be the same!

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