“Then the players will mentor each other, and they’ll have a new partner every week. We’ve got a goal sheet for them, what they need to work on, did they challenge a teammate, praise a teammate, review practice with a teammate … it’s very involved.
“Another piece of that is the seniors will write letters to their mom, and we’ll have dad jersey night where the dads present the jersey to the seniors for the season. So not only are coaches mentoring players, players are mentoring players, and we’re bringing the parents into this to help us build good young men.”
He spent last year as the assistant head coach at Oakwood, working as the special teams coordinator while helping with the defensive line and running backs.
Smart, a 2008 Fairmont graduate, was also an assistant at Oakwood in 2013. His other coaching jobs were at Belmont, Tipp City Bethel and Beavercreek.