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Chuck Smith (American football coach)

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Chuck Smith
Chuck Smith at KY National Guard 2010.jpg
Smith tours the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamBoyle County High School
Biographical details
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 63)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1986Harrodsburg (KY) Mercer County HS (asst.)
1987Allen County Scottsville (KY) HS
1988–1991Campbellsville (KY) HS
1992–2004Danville (KY) Boyle County HS
2005–2008Kentucky (LB)
2009–2012Kentucky (LB/RC)
2014Madison Central (KY) HS
2014–presentDanville (KY) Boyle County HS
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2× KHSAA Class AA (1999–2000)
  • 4× KHSAA Class AAA (2001–2003, 2017)
  • 2× Music City Bowl (2006–2007)
  • Liberty Bowl (2008)
  • AP Kentucky Coach of the Year (1999)
  • Louisville Courier-Journal Kentucky Coach of the Year (1999–2001, 2004)
  • NFHS Kentucky Coach of the Year (2003)

Charles L. "Chuck" Smith (born December 21, 1957) is an American football coach who is the current head coach at Boyle County High School in Danville, Kentucky.

Smith is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Kentucky high school football. He was named the Kentucky Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2003[1], four times[2] by the Louisville Courier-Journal (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2004), and by the Associated Press in 1999.[3]

In 2003, Smith became the first head coach to win 5 consecutive state championships in Kentucky high school football history.[4][5].

Playing career[edit]

Smith was an all-state linebacker at Jeffersontown High School. He was a University of Kentucky letterman from 1978 to 1980 as a linebacker under coach Fran Curci. Smith was second on the team in tackles as a senior and third as a junior.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

High school[edit]

Smith's coaching career began as an assistant coach at Mercer County High School from 1983 to 1986. His first head coaching position was in 1987 at Allen County Scottsville High School, where he took over a losing program and posted a winning season in his only year at the school. He took over another struggling team at Campbellsville High School (1988–91) and orchestrated a turnaround, eventually guiding the team to a state playoff berth in his final season at the school. He left Campbellsville in 1992.

At Boyle County High School, he compiled a 142-33 record in 13 seasons. Smith's teams won the Class AA titles in 1999 and 2000 with perfect 15-0 records. After reclassification changed Boyle County to Class AAA in 2001, the team still produced an undefeated 15-0 season. The team's winning streak under Smith ended at 47 games (second-longest in Kentucky history) during the 2002 regular season, but Boyle County, led by future NFL tight end Jacob Tamme[1], went on to win the state championship that year and again in 2003. Smith's 2004 squad went 12-3, with a loss in the state finals ending the state-record streaks of five consecutive championships and 29 straight playoff victories.[3]

In 2014, he returned to coach at Boyle County HS, winning his 6th state championship in 2017.[6][7]


From 2005 to 2012, Smith was the linebackers coach at the University of Kentucky[1][3], where he was the positional coach of future NFL linebackers Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan, and Avery Williamson[8]. He was also the recruiting coordinator from 2009 to 2012.[9][3] UK won three post-season bowl games during Smith's tenure as an assistant coach.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Chuck Smith accepts UK linebackers job". Rivals.com.
  2. https://usatodayhss.com/2015/belfrys-haywood-named-courier-journal-coach-of-the-year
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Chuck Smith". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013.
  4. https://khsaa.org/records/football/coachesadvancing.pdf
  5. https://www.kentucky.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article187291468.html
  6. https://khsaa.org/boyle-county-chuck-smith-a-championship-combination/
  7. https://www.wtvq.com/2017/12/02/rebels-chuck-smith-wins-sixth-championship/
  8. https://www.kystandard.com/content/football-well-respected-man
  9. https://lex18.com/sports/vaughts-views/2018/09/13/count-ex-uk-player-coach-chuck-smith-as-one-who-was-glad-to-see-ridiculous-streak-end/
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kentucky_Wildcats_bowl_games

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