Written by Chris Kessler
The search for the next Valdosta State cross country head coach has unofficially begun.
Todd Smoot announced last month that he’ll be stepping down at end of the academic year after accepting the Director of Fitness position at the YMCA in Lake Park.
VSU Athletic Director Herb Reinhard has begun to field some inquiries.
“We have not posted the position at this point, but word is out that Coach Smoot is going to retire at the end of this academic year, some individuals that follow the program are aware that the position is open,” Reinhard said.
Smoot’s successor will be in charge of both men’s and women’s teams as he was.
In his four-year tenure, Smoot orchestrated his teams to success in both competition and in the classroom.
His athletes have been named All-Gulf South Conference six times and has had five athletes earn national All-Academic honors a total of 13 times.
VSU’s next head coach is expected to continue building the program off Smoot’s all-around success.
Smoot will continue his duties as owner of A Course Line, LLC, which is a company that hosts local area runs.
The cross country’s head coach opening is only a part-time position, unlike most VSU coaches.
With the summer just around the corner, the athletic department plans to have the position filled rather soon.
“We’ve had some individuals indicate an interest in the position. It is a part-time coaching position, so it’s a little bit unique, in the factors and consideration that we have to take into account for that position, and we hope to have somebody named in the next couple weeks,” Reinhard said.