Everett athletic director Mike Smith was named football head coach on Jan. 29 after former coach and athletic director Chad Foster resigned back in November.
Foster was placed on administrative leave for having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to a Lansing State Journal report. Foster was disciplined by the school for allegedly interacting with a 17-year-old female student that school officials deemed unprofessional and inappropriate.
Smith left his head coaching position at Eaton Rapids High School to become the new athletic director at Everett in January, a couple of weeks prior to being named head coach of the football team.
“He’s (Smith) experienced, qualified and a good fit for the school. Mike is a winner on the field and off the field and is caring for kids in many ways,” said Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.
The Lansing School District Board of Education had several candidates to choose from, but Canul said Smith’s characteristics, along with his proven track record separated him from the rest of the pack.
“There was a combination of factors, but what distinguished him was his strong moral character, and any parent or student would be proud to be in our athletic program with Mike in the athletic director position at Everett,” Canul said.
Smith will be tasked with turning around a Vikings team that won just a single game last season.
Assistant coach John Coon will join Smith on the sidelines in the fall. Coon, who also teaches at Everett, said he believes changing the culture of the football team and athletic department should not be a task for Smith to complete alone.
“I know it will be a tall order to ask of anyone. It’s bigger than one person,” Coon said. “I’m going to do my part to support the one aspect that I’m involved with and hopefully other people can do the same.”
Listen here for an interview with the new Everett football coach, Mike Smith.