Tigers name new head football coach

By AUSTIN BISHOP,

Anytime there is a change in a school’s head football coach, it is big news. Things were no different at Ethel High School this year.

After Dave McCrory’s removal as head football coach at Ethel took place at the end of the season, a search began for a head coach and concluded with the hiring of Adam Smith.

Smith said he was excited about the opportunity to take over the Ethel High School program. However, shortly after his hiring the Coronavirus pandemic struck and he has yet to be able to get together with his football team.

He said he hoped to begin working with the team as soon as possible and has been doing a lot of research on his returning Tigers.

The 30-year-old Smith was head coach at Byram Middle School this past season, and formerly was an assistant at Loyd Star.

While unsure of exactly what he has returning, Smith said his intentions going in are to use an offense that establishes a strong running game, noting that is something he is familiar with.

He also said that fundamentals would be the bedrock of establishing a program at Ethel he hopes the students and community could be proud of.

“The little things make things happen,” he said “If you can get really good at something it will lead to a domino effect. At first you work on getting first downs, then touchdowns.”

McCrory was 2-20 in his two seasons at Ethel, including an 0-12 mark in 2019.