In what he says is in the “best interest of the program, himself and his family,” Luther High School Head Football Coach Zack Smith is stepping down. He will become an assistant coach for the program and continue his teaching role at LHS, according to a statement.
Word spread among the players and faculty the week before Christmas break, and was confirmed to The Luther Register.
High School Principal Shawn Meek will resume the position as Head Coach, a position he left in 2016 to take a coaching position in Kingfisher. Meek returned to Luther the next year as middle school principal and then was named high school principal for the current school year. He also serves as Athletic Director.
“I like to keep busy,” said Coach Meek at the basketball games Thursday night.
Smith came to LHS three years ago from Chandler High School. The Lions had a losing season this last season, as chronicled by The Lion Reporter for LR Sports. Coach Smith participated in a weekly podcast from Mitchell Talks as they chronicled the long tough season.
“We are in full support of Coach Smith and his selfless decision to move into an assistant position within the program. He is an excellent educator and mentor. We are lucky to have him in Luther,” said Supt. Barry Gunn in a statement.