Plano West will announce Scott Smith as football coach Monday afternoon to replace Mike Hughes. Smith has been at Lake Highlands for nearly a decade but was previously a Plano assistant and has long been considered for recent openings at Plano and Plano East.
Plano ISD athletic director Gerald Brence said Smith was introduced to the team Tuesday afternoon after Smith informed his Lake Highlands players of the move.
Smith has had a perennial playoff qualifier the last seven years at Lake Highlands. He is a former Plano player (Class of 1984) for Tom Kimbrough. Hughes announced his retirement Feb. 9. Smith completed his ninth season at Lake Highlands after he was at Plano for seven years (1999-2005), ending as defensive coordinator for Brence, and was an assistant in Allen earlier in his career. Hughes was an offensive coordinator for Brence before taking over at West.
Smith received a bachelors degree from Baylor University and earned his masters from Texas A&M University, Commerce.
Significant of the PISD community: retired Plano coach and ISD athletic director Tom Kimbrough was part of the news release:
“Scott played for me over 30 years ago.” Kimbrough said. “He was of the highest character then and still is. He’s a hard worker and will lead the Plano West athletic program with class. I’m thrilled to see a former Plano ISD athlete return to our district. Scott is very deserving. PISD is fortunate to obtain a successful coach with the understanding of our district.”
Among Smith’s standouts at Lake Highlands have been running back Desmond Roland at Oklahoma State, Ricky Zorn at Harvard, Kent Perkins at Texas and Austin Jones Arkansas. Lake Highlands, competing in a district with Skyline and Jesuit, was 4-7 last season but earned a playoff berth.
Plano West reached the second round of the 2014 playoffs after a victory over Keller at AT&T Stadium in the first round. ‘ roots in the Plano system run deep. West had one of the nation’s top recruits this season with running back Soso Jamabo who signed with UCLA last week. Under Hughes, West has sent dozens of college to major colleges, including David Lofton (Stanford), Jordan Pugh (Texas A&M), the nephews of Brian Bosworth, Korey and Kyle Miller Bosworth (UCLA) and Jackson Jeffcoat at Texas.
Hughes is one of several high-profile changes across Texas in recent months. Euless Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver announced his retirement as well as DeSoto coach Claude Mathis moving to SMU and Skyline coach Reggie Samples leaving the DISD power for Duncanville.
North Texas Football Coaching Changes
- Plano West .. Scott Smith returns from Lake Highlands
- South Oak Cliff Texas Tech hires away Emmett Jones Jason Todd elevated
- Birdville .. Lon Holbrook replaces icon Jim Skinner retires 229 career wins
- Justin Eaton opens for UIL play in 2016
- Midlothian Heritage Lee Wiginton moves over after 5 yrs at Midlothian
- Midlothian Doug Wendel moves back North Texas from Ardmore
- Hurst L.D. Bell .. Mark Smith leaves for SMU.. Mike Glaze named
- Frisco Reedy .. FISD No. 8 goes to Chad Cole (Wakeland DC)
- Skyline .. New DISD AD Gil Garza closing in on big hire
- DeSoto.. Claude Mathis to SMU..OC Todd Peterman promoted
- Euless Trinity … Lineweaver retires, “internal favorable”
- Trinity Christian Addison … Steve Hayes to Enid (OK).. Mark Howard named
- Arlington Lamar .. Arlington HS grad (1990) Laban DeLay takes over
- Duncanville .. Reggie Samples from Skyline named
- Mabank .. Alan Haire from Lago Vista named
- Prosper … Names Chris Ross of Leander ISD
- Waxahachie … National attention for Jon Kitna hire
- Fort Worth Southwest Christian.. Former QB Richard Bartel hired
- Spring Westfield …Matt Meekins takes over brother Corby Meekins to UH