Smith's retirement marks end of era for Havelock High athletics

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Havelock baseball coach Charlie Smith discusses field conditions before the start of a game against White Oak earlier this season. Smith, who started at Havelock in 1984, is retiring.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:13 PM.

When the stresses of coaching baseball or running an athletic department began to pile on, Havelock High’s Charlie Smith would simply go cut grass at the school’s fields.

"There’s nothing better than to get on a tractor and just get away from it all and be by yourself when things get a bit too hectic," said Smith, who has announced plans to retire at the end of the school year. "That has been enjoyable. I’ll be perfectly happy to get on a mower and cut some (golf) fairways. That would be a perfect job for me right now."

Smith started at Havelock High in 1984. He’s coached football and baseball, managing the baseball team to the 1998 state 3A title, and been athletic director for seven years.

He said he and his wife Jody discussed retirement, and both agreed that the time was right.

"I’m vested with full retirement, and from a financial aspect, I feel like it’s the best thing for me to do," he said. "I can get my retirement check and maybe find another way to increase my income until my wife is eligible for retirement. That’s the main reason."

"Thirty years of it was enjoyable, but I just feel like there’s something else out there. It’s been a little stressful the last couple of years, and I’m just curious to see what else it out there."

He said both his children are grown and moved away, and retirement would allow him more time for visits, time he didn’t always have when coaching.

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