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New athletic director hired by school
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TRINITY – Jarrod Smith, 32, of Cameron was named as the new athletic director Monday by the Trinity School Board . Following a short closed-door session to discuss the personnel issue, the board voted unanimously to hire Smith as Trinity’s new AD and head football coach. “I’m excited about coming to Trinity,” Smith said Monday night. “I feel there is tremendous potential with the athletic programs here. I look forward to evaluating all of the programs and building from there.” While Smith will be in Trinity this week, his first official day on the job will be Monday, Jan. 30. He is replacing former AD and Head Coach Chuck Langston, who was reassigned in November. For the past four seasons, Smith has served as the offensive coordinator at C.H. Yoe High School in Cameron. He also served as the wide receivers coach and as the recruiting coordinator. During his tenure in Cameron, the Cameron Yoemen football team advanced to the state Class 2A finals in 2010 and were the undefeated district champions and area finalist in 2011 Smith also served as the school’s head soccer coach from 2008-10, as the assistant baseball coach in 2008, as an assistant track coach from 2008-11 and as the head track coach during the 2011-12 school year. In 2011, the Cameron boys track team placed third in the state. During the 2010-11 school year, Cameron was the winner of the Class 2A Lone Star Cup, which is awarded by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to the state’s top schools based on their overall performance in all sports. A native of Troy, Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a minor in kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2003. He is expected to receive a Master of Education Degree in administration from Lamar University in Beaumont in December 2012. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he served from 2003-06 as an administrator with the Oklahoma State University athletic department in Stillwater, Okla. There he worked in game-day operations, donor relations and as an event manager. In August 2006 he joined the coaching staff of Riesel High School, serving as a secondary coach, head junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator in the football program. He also was an assistant varsity and junior varsity basketball coach and an assistant varsity softball coach. He left Riesel in July 2008 to accept a position at Yoe High School in Cameron. Smith and his wife, Katy, have a daughter, Emma, 5, and a son, Owen, 2. Other action During Monday’s meeting, the school board also: • Held a brief public hearing on the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report card issued by the Texas Education Agency. Based on last year’s Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, Lansberry Elementary, Trinity Intermediate and Trinity High School all are listed as academically unacceptable while Trinity Middle School was awarded an acceptable rating. Curriculum Director Steve Brownlee noted these rating were expected after the results of the TAKS tests were issued last summer, He noted that work is continuing to provide additional tutoring to students who need help in mastering test objectives and noted that a “Saturday School” will soon be offered to provide additional tutoring. • Received a report on the continuing education training hours each of the board members received during 2011. L.C. Courtney, Dorothy Franklin, Maggie Trevino, Steve Tyler, Bill Weaver and Judy Bishop all earned 28 1/2 hours of credit; Gary Gallant earned 12 hours; and Superintendent Dave Plymale earned 43 1/2 hours. • Received the annual audit report for the 2010-11 school year which ended Aug. 31. Justin Mouledous of he accounting firm of Belt Harris Pechacek noted the report found no material errors in the district’s financial reporting procedures and gave the district a “clean” or “unqualified” report.


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