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Robertsdale football hires former South Alabama assistant Chase Smith as head coach

Robertsdale football hires former South Alabama assistant Chase Smith as head coach (Photo: Alyssa Newton)

Former South Alabama tight ends coach Chase Smith has been named Robertsdale High School's head football coach.

Smith was approved as Robertsdale's coach at Thursday night's Baldwin County Board of Education meeting, according to AL.com's Ben Thomas. He replaces Brian Campbell who resigned in January after six seasons with the Golden Bears.

The 34-year-old started with the Jaguars' football program as a graduate assistant in 2011 and became director of operations a year later. In 2013 Smith was made an assistant coach and has worked with tight ends, offensive line.

In 2016 he worked with first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection Gerald Everett, who became the Jags’ first-ever individual selected in the NFL after he was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and master’s degree in 2008 in physical education from Jacksonville State.

Smith then began as an assistant working with offensive and defensive linemen on the freshman team at Spain Park High in 2005 before moving to Greenville High School to work with running backs in 2006. The Tigers would finish 10-3 while advancing to the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs.

Smith then joined the staff at Spanish Fort High School, where he worked with running backs in 2007, the defensive line from 2008-09 and the offensive line in 2010. While with the Toros, the program was 39-13 with a state 5A championship in his final year with the program. The Toros went 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2008, reached the semifinals of the state playoffs the following fall while putting together an 11-3 record prior to winning the title.

Smith served as offensive coordinator that year as well in which SFHS ended with a 13-2 mark.

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