When Brian “Bubba” Smith was hired as the Woodville varsity girls basketball head coach in the summer of 2016, it was intended to be a one-year deal.
But Smith, who added the role of varsity boys head coach at the school the following summer, decided to change that timeframe.
“I liked coaching the girls, they’re good kids, so I just kept on,” Smith said.
Four years later, the grind of coaching two teams was wearing on Smith. His resignation as Woodville’s girls basketball head coach was officially approved during the Jackson County Board of Education’s May 7 meeting.
Smith will continue as Woodville’s varsity boys head coach, where in three seasons, he’s coached the Woodville boys to 39 wins and two Class 1A Northeast Sub-regional appearances.
Smith has 115 career wins during boys basketball head-coaching tenures at Paint Rock Valley (2006-09), Sylvania (2011) and Woodville (2108-present) along with his time with the WHS girls (2017-20).
The Woodville girls won 32 games during Smith’s tenure. Smith said the Panthers weren’t as successful in the win column as they would have liked, but his time as coach tenure was enjoyable nonetheless.
“I enjoyed my time coaching the girls,” Smith said. “They always worked hard for me.”