Zach Smith era comes to an end

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Zack Smith.
Zach Smith's record improved during each of his three season as head coach of the Oneida boy's basketball team, but after going 13-74 the Director of Schools, Dr. Jeanny Hatfield, decided it was time to go in a different direction.
"He did not resign," Hatfield said. "Therefore I have decided to make a change."
Smith only managed to lead the Indians to two wins during his first year as the head coach and both of those were over Sunbright. Oneida finished with a 2-26 overall record and 2-10 against district opponents.
During his second year at the helm, Smith picked up a win over The Knoxville Ambassadors and Jellico but split with Sunbright as the Indians finished with a 3-27 overall record and again finished 2-10 in district play.
Oneida picked up eight wins this season, including three in a row and finished with an 8-21 record. They went 4-8 against district opponents. Although Smith more than doubled his win total from a year ago, the teams he defeated had a combined record of 35-110.
The Indians defeated Sunbright twice, Oliver Springs twice, King's Academy twice, Gibbs and Pigeon Forge this season.
King's Academy won 15 games this season, while Oliver Springs had seven wins, Pigeon Forge had five wins, Gibbs and Sunbright had four wins each.
Hatfield did not give a timetable for hiring a new coach or who that coach might be, but did elaborate on the search process.
"I do not have anyone in mind," she said. "But I will have a panel of professionals from inside and outside of the county assisting with the interviews."
When ask if Smith would remain as a teacher at Oneida High, Hatifeld replied, "That has yet to be determined."
Hatfield went on to say that hiring a new coach "Will be a priority for the school system" and "Will include a diverse criteria that will consist of both coaching and mentoring kids."
Smith did not return a message seeking comment.
Looking for a new coach

Oneida High School is looking for a head coach for the boys basketball program.
All interested applicants should mail resumes and applications to Dr. Jeanny Hatfield, Director of Schools, Oneida Special School District, 195 North Bank Street, Oneida, TN 37841 or email to jhatfield@oneidaschools.org. Applications are available on the website at www.oneidaschools.org under the "Employment" tab.
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