McKinney’s school board approved the hiring of Lake Highlands defensive coordinator Jeff Smith as the new head football coach at McKinney High School on Tuesday night.

Smith had been on coach Scott Smith’s staff at Lake Highlands the past three seasons. He came to LH from Lorena but had previously had worked with Scott Smith at Plano Senior High.

"I could not be happier. He deserves it," Scott Smith said. "He’ll do a great job. In these situations, it’s a real nice reflection on the job we’ve done here. We’re real excited for Jeff. To lose a quality guy like that, it’s going to be tough. But we’ll be fine."

Scott Smith said he did not know when a replacement would be hired. His options include promoting from within and hiring another position coach, or looking outside the program for the next coordinator.

"I’ve started my thought process," Smith said. "You’ve kind of got to have contingency plans."

For the full McKinney ISD press release on Jeff Smith’s hiring, please click the link to the jump page.

Lake Highland’s Defensive Coordinator Tabbed
McKinney High School Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach
 
McKINNEY, Texas – The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Jeff Smith,
Defensive Coordinator at Lake Highlands High School, as the new McKinney High School Athletic
Coordinator and Head Football Coach. Jeff Smith has served as a coach and teacher at Lake Highlands
High School since 2007.
 
“Jeff is extremely enthusiastic and demonstrates a unique ability to relate to students,” said Dr. Kennedy,
McKinney ISD Superintendent of Schools. “His proven success as both an offensive and defensive
coordinator will bode well for moving the McKinney High School football program forward. In addition,
he has extensive experience coaching other sports and has served as a great advocate for both boys and
girls athletics.”
 
This year, the Lake Highlands football team earned the title of the #1 ranked 5A defense in the
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, giving up an average of only 215 yards and 16 points per game. Lake
Highlands High School was the 9-5A District Runner-Up (9-3) and advanced to the area qualifier in the
playoffs. In 2008, the team went 10-3 and was named 9-5A District Champions. They advanced in the
playoffs as Area Champions and reached the Regional Semi-Finals.
 
Prior to working in Richardson ISD, Jeff Smith was an Offensive Coordinator at Lorena High School, just
outside of Waco, Texas. While at Lorena High School he also served in numerous coaching capacities,
including, but not limited to: Offensive Running Game Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach, Head JV
Coach, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Head Girls Track Coach, and Head Girls Basketball Coach. He
also served as an Athletic Coordinator/Head 10th Grade Football Coach at Vines High School in Plano
ISD.
 
Other coaching experience includes Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano Senior High School, and
Robinson Middle School all in Plano ISD. While serving as an Assistant Coach at Plano Senior High
School the football team was crowned Area Finalist.
 
Jeff Smith has taught U.S. History, Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, World History, World
Geography, Physical Education and Health. He has also worked with the PALs Program (Peer Assistance
and Leadership. He is actively involved in the Texas High School Coaches Association, Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, and Coaches Outreach.
 
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He and his wife
Kelli currently reside in Murphy, Texas and they are the proud parents of son Jake and daughter Allie.