Philip Smith joins Carbon Hill staff

Former Curry head coach to serves as Bulldogs' OC

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 7/2/19

Philip Smith has had a long-standing history of building offenses.

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Philip Smith joins Carbon Hill staff

Former Curry head coach to serves as Bulldogs' OC

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Philip Smith has had a long-standing history of building offenses.

From his successful run with the Lynn Bears to recently building the Curry Yellow Jackets into a playoff team, Smith will look to increase the yardage and the point total once again as the new offensive coordinator for the Carbon Hill Bulldogs.

Smith has spent many years across the field from the Bulldogs both as head coach at Lynn and Curry. The more recent bouts between Smith’s teams and the Bulldogs allowed him to gauge the successful rebuilding job Carbon Hill has underwent, as well as the opportunities that lie within the program in his new post as offensive coordinator.

“It’s something that I’ve thought about for a while after talking to coach Chavis Williams. Seeing the energy that he has and how it reflects on the team, as well as his desire to succeed and his plans for the program, it grabbed my interest,” Smith said. “Carbon Hill is a little closer to my house and the play-calling and offensive side of the ball is something I’ve always enjoyed. To be able to take a step back and not have to deal with every aspect of the game, along with things off the field that you have to manage as a head coach, was to me, a perfect situation.”

A challenge will await Smith in his new position. Carbon Hill posted its best season in more than a decade in 2018, finishing with a 5-5 record and almost earned a postseason berth. Many of the leaders that helped the Bulldogs achieve their results last year have graduated, leaving holes at quarterback, running back, receiver and offensive line.

“There were some really great players lost to graduation. The talent that came through over the past couple of seasons has been superb and it led to a senior class that was one of the most successful in many years,” Smith said. “We’ll have to replace a lot of those guys, but I feel that coach Williams has the program going in the right direction and there’s a lot I can learn from him and the staff we have here. Both coach Williams and the former head coach Scott Curd — who I think the world of — did an incredible job not only coaching the team, but motivating them to work very hard.”

At Curry, Smith served as an assistant for Russell Funk in 2014 before moving to head coach in 2015. The Yellow Jackets improved each year under Smith, winning one game in 2015 and advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last season, finishing 5-6.