From Staff Reports
The Carolina Panthers have announced Concord High School Head Football Coach E.Z. Smith III as a 2007 Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week award recipient.
The program recognizes outstanding high school coaches that have a positive influence in the communities and schools which they serve.
After teaching and serving as an assistant at a Florida high school for four years, Smith took the head coaching job at Concord High School in 1980, where he has been a force since the day he was hired. Smith has a career record of 251-93-1.
The state championship eluded his grasp for 24 years, but Smith finally led the Concord Spiders to a 3-A State Championship in 2004, and then again in 2006.
Smith’s leadership also extends beyond the boundaries of Concord High School. He enjoys promoting youth football involvement to both players and coaches and has performed a number of public speaking roles.
At a USA Football Coaching School, he spoke on his experiences in working with youth and taught various football formations that new and old coaches alike could use on the field. Out of the football arena, Smith has been active in his church, where he has served as the lay-leader, teaches Sunday school classes, and sings at weddings.
In recognition of Coach E.Z. Smith’s achievement, the Carolina Panthers and National Football League will donate $1,000 to the Concord High School athletic department. The ten 2007 High School Coach of the Week recipients will be recognized December 16th at Bank of America Stadium prior to the Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers game. During the ceremony, the 2007 High School Coach of the Year will be announced.
The Coach of the Year recipient will receive $2,000 from the Carolina Panthers and the NFL to benefit their athletic department.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
From Staff Reports