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

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:13 PM.

"Every day, those guys were just determined not to lose, and they did something amazing that year."

Before his final home game against West Craven three weeks ago, Smith was presented a plaque from the Havelock High Athletic Booster Club commemorating his 300th baseball victory earlier in the season against Washington.

But he said the memories that stand out are the years he coached his son, Chip, who is now in the Navy.

"I didn’t get a chance to do much with him when he was growing up because you’re coaching everybody else’s sons," Smith said. "He played football, basketball and baseball, and did very well. That was fun."

Smith won a state championship as quarterback of Roanoke High School, coached a baseball team to a state title, and also was athletic director as the Rams won back-to-back state football championships.

He said he enjoys seeing former players, such as current Havelock assistants Kenny Frazier and Caleb King, go off to college and return as coaches.

He gave credit to fellow teachers, coaches and school administrators, but he said he would miss the students the most.

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