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Huntington tabs Brian Smith as head softball coach

Smith has spent the last several years as an assistant within the softball program.

Derrick Webb, Staff Writer

CHILLICOTHE — A familiar face will be leading Huntington’s softball program into the coming years.

Huntington’s Board of Education made the hire of Brian Smith official on Wednesday, finalizing the replacement of Spenser Smith — who resigned earlier this school year after six seasons.

“I get to continue to make a positive influence on our young student-athletes and teach them what hard work and discipline will do, not only in softball, but in life,” Brian Smith said. “I took the job because I love my Township. I have been blessed to be able to be a varsity coach in baseball and now in softball. I love this community.”

Smith has spent the last several seasons as an assistant coach at Huntington and has a solid coaching background. He was Huntington’s head baseball coach from 2013-2016, where he won 41 games and a sectional title. In the past four seasons, he’s been able to help the softball program win several sectional championships.

He’s also played a role in both the school’s girls and boys basketball programs.

“I want our kids to be held accountable because life holds us accountable,” Smith said. “Also, I want them to be very involved in community service in our community and to always make a positive impact in everything we do.”

Smith will make his softball coaching debut on March 28 when Huntington travels to Peebles for its season opener.

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