Blythewood football coach fired

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Bengals will be looking for another head football coach this offseason. First year football coach Brian Smith was relieved of his duties after the Bengals finished the season 3-7 and missed the playoffs.

Smith

“It’s a business at this level,” Smith said, “and I realize that. You’ve got to win and I totally understand that. That’s Blythewood’s decision; they chose to make that decision and people have to support it.”

Smith, a former Citadel player and assistant, replaced former coach Dan Morgan after Morgan resigned last season. Morgan led the Bengals to a 29-20 record during his tenure and is now the head coach at Eastside High School.

Blythewood ended the season on a five-game losing streak, but injuries hampered the Bengals much of their season, and, at one point this year, they were down to the fourth-string quarterback.

Smith was a recruiting and defensive assistant at Citadel and coached at Laurence Manning Academy and Manning High School, but achieved his most success at C.E. Murray High School.

He turned the War Eagles from a two-win team into back-to-back Region Champions in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Smith led C.E. Murray to their first State Championship appearance in school history.

Smith was named region coach of the year in 2015 and 2016, and the High School Sports Report named Smith the 2015 State Coach of the Year.

“I enjoyed it. It’s a great school and I wish them nothing but the best,” Smith said. “I wish them luck.”