Sulphur Springs’ loss will be a big gain for Rains.
Derek Smith, a Wildcats assistant coach for four years, has been named the new head football coach/athletic director at Rains.
Smith is currently the head boys track coach and assistant football coach at Sulphur Springs along with being a chemistry teacher. He said he will start his duties soon at Rains as he replaces Jeff Lester.
Smith was been approved by the school board and given a two-year contract.
Smith was selected from a pool of more than 40 applications.
“I was a late applicant for the job, because our family is so happy here. We prayed about it and decided to make the move, because I want to be a head football coach and Rains is a great place,” Smith said. “This is a life changing experience.”
Smith, 43, is a 1987 graduate of Frankston High School and received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Smith has also coached at Lindale, Caldwell, Taylor and one year at Rains before he joined the Wildcats staff in 2008.
Smith’s dad, Terry Smith, was a coach and principal at Rains for 12 years.
“I wanted the job earlier, but it did not happen. I was the defensive coordinator there for one year in 2007,” Smith said. “Now I feel like I am ready for the position. I have learned a lot working here with Coach (Greg) Owens and Dwayne McMeans.”
Smith said, “Going to Rains is a good situation for me. I can relate to kids being from a smaller school. Rains has good kids who work hard and they play hard. They will give you every bit of effort that they have.”
Smith said he knows that the Rains football program has been down in recent years, but feels like the talent is there for success.
Rains is a member of District 14-3A and has an enrollment close to 480.
“I chose the job because Rains has very good school,” Smith said. “It’s a good place to work and coach. My dad was a coach in Rains when I was in college, he liked it very much.”
Smith plans to use the 4-3 defense, he coached while at Sulphur Springs where he was in charge of defensive ends. The offense will be a form of the Wing T.
“Coach Derek Smith has done an outstanding job teaching and coaching at SSHS,” said Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens. “He is a great classroom teacher (chemistry) and did a great job of coaching defensive ends and heading up the boys track program. He has great character, a strong work ethic and develops a healthy rapport with his students.”
Owens continued, “He is a very talented person and one that I leaned on a lot for all the little extra jobs around the field house. He has been a huge asset to
SSISD and will be missed. He has been desiring and preparing to be an Athletic Director/Head Football Coach for many years. He is at a point where he is ready and will do a great job for Rains ISD. We want to thank him for his service here and let him know he will be missed.”
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