It’s official: Mark Smith is leaving Judson after two seasons as the Rockets’ head football coach to take the same job at Madison.
Smith’s hiring was approved by the North East ISD board of trustees at a meeting Monday night. He succeeds Jim Streety, who resigned last month after 23 seasons as head coach at Madison.
Streety went 194-86-1 at Madison, where he had coached since moving from New Braunfels in 1991, and guided the Mavericks to the Class 5A state semifinals three times.
Smith, 53, compiled a 19-7 record at Judson and led the Rockets to the 5A Division I state quarterfinals last year. Judson finished 11-3 after losing a 33-29 nail-biter to Madison.
Brennan head coach Stephen Basore, Brandeis head coach John Campbell and Allen assistant head coach Jeff Fleener were the other finalists for the Madison job, sources said.
Neither Smith nor NEISD athletic director Jerry Comalander were at the NEISD meeting Monday night.
Smith said in a text later that he would not comment until after he talked to his players at Judson on Tuesday.
Smith coached Manziel at Kerrville Tivy
Smith’s hiring was unanimously approved by the NEISD board of trustees.
Tonight we are very excited to announce that the board of trustees has approved Mark Smith as the next football coach of the Madison Mavericks, NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said. Obviously, Coach Streety left some very big shoes to fill, no doubt.
But we are very much looking forward to what Mark Smith brings to the table. Mark Smith has a great reputation on and off the field, and we’re very excited about getting him on board.
Chancellor said she didn’t know when Smith will start his new job at Madison.
We are still working out details, but we really hope to have in place and on board as soon as possible.
Smith was head football coach and athletic director at Kerrville Tivy for 10 seasons before succeeding Jim Rackley at Judson in January 2012. He went 93-33 at Tivy and coached quarterback Johnny Manziel, who graduated in 2011 and went on to win the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012.
Smith, who was Tivy’s defensive coordinator for two seasons before succeeding Neal LaHue in 2002, guided the Antlers to the 4A Division II state semifinals in 2008 and 2009.
Streety retired from coaching as the winningest high school football coach in San Antonio are history, compiling a 343-131-3 record during his 40-year career. He ranks No. 4 in all-time career victories among Texas high school football coaches.
Streety was head coach at New Braunfels for 17 seasons, going 149-45-2 and leading the Unicorns to the 4A state semifinals four times.