Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Concord High to honor E.Z. Smith on July 25

Concord High will honor recently-retired football coach E.Z. Smith’s 29 years with a benefit at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Charles Rimer gym on campus.

Tickets are $25, which will be applied to the building of Concord High’s Wellness Center. School officials have spent three months travelling across the state video-taping rival coaches, former Spiders players and alumni for a video tribute of Smith’s career. The event will include food and guest speakers, and WBTV news anchor Paul Cameron will be master of ceremonies.

Smith, 55, resigned as coach in January after going 254-100-1, including state championships in 2004 and 2006. He will teach next school year, and plans to retire after 30 years.

The Wellness Center will feature a community center and Hall of Fame room with memorabilia from Concord High and Logan High (pre-integration).

To order tickets: Call 704-786-4161, email, at the school from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Mondays through Thursdays. Info: Athletics director George Walker, 704-720-7455.

- Cliff Mehrtens