Remembering Coach Smith
Calhoun has lost an iconic community figure with the passing of former Calhoun High football coach, athletic director and math teacher Jerry Smith, who died at the age of 84 on Tuesday at AdventHealth Gordon.
“Coach Smith was an unbelievable person,” former Calhoun football head coach Hal Lamb said. “He was loyal to the Calhoun Yellow Jackets. He was the Calhoun Yellow Jackets No. 1 fan. It really didn’t matter what sport it was, he loved Calhoun Yellow Jackets.”
Smith was born in downtown Red Bud on Oct. 9, 1934, according to his obituary. After graduating from Calhoun High he went on to Florida Christian College and then to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which he graduated from. He taught and coached football at both Red Bud and Calhoun high schools. After two years at Red Bud High, Smith landed at Calhoun, guiding the Yellow Jackets from 1980-1988.