New Orangefield Athletic Director and head football coach Josh Smalley receives a coaching shirt from Orangefield school board member Jack Smith Monday night at Orangefield High School.
ORANGE - A dream came true for Josh Smalley
going to be a athletic director and a head varsity football coach.
Smalley, Bridge City's offensive coordinator the last three seasons, was recommended by the Orangefield School Board to become the new Athletic Director and head football coach of the Bobcats Monday night.
Smalley will replace Brian Huckabay, who stepped down from the position late this spring.
"I just thought this was a golden opportunity for me and I have always loved the environment here at Orangefield," said Smalley, who was offensive coordinator in Orangefield from 2006-08 before taking over a similar role at Bridge City, his alma mater.
"It's such a fun place to be.
is such a tight-knit community, one that has always supported kids in everything that they do.
I loved it here my first go-around and I can't wait to get in there and get my feet wet, meet all the kids and start getting ready for some football, it will be here before you know it."
is anxious to be an AD for the first time.
"I've been thinking about it for about the last four years," said Smalley
Smalley graduated from Bridge City High School in 1994.
He attended Lamar University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in History in 1999.
has also coached at Little Cypress-Mauriceville
has taught special education, history and science.
has a splendid family that consists of wife Kim and stepsons Mason 16, Noah 14, and Christian 10.
It wasn't an easy decision for Smalley
to leave the Redbird nest.
Smalley was a all-around superb athlete when he played for the Cardinals, including being a excellent quarterback back in the early 1990s.
"You know, I love Bridge City
to death, I was raised there, played there, so it was a long thought process," said Smalley
"I have so many friends and relationships there that has been built over a lot of years and that's not going to change.
I love all the kids that I've been able to coach there and I truly love the ones that are there right now.
I don't care if I'm in Utah, Orangefield
or anywhere else, I will always have a special place in my heart for Bridge City
Smalley, who has just about coached every sport in his stints at four Orange County schools, so he understands what each coach and each sport goes through.
worked with some outstanding ADs in the past.
"I've been fortunate enough to work with so many outstanding coaches throughout the years," said Smalley
A dream came true for Josh Smalley