South Laurel hires Trey Smith as new baseball coach

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    South Laurel hires Trey Smith as new baseball coach

    It only seems fitting.
The name Smith and South Laurel baseball are synonymous. For 26 years, the late G.J. Smith was the head coach of both Laurel County and South Laurel, compiling a record of 662-201 for a .767 winning percentage. Along the way his teams won 15 district titles, six region titles and four Final Eight appearances. He had 24 seasons were his team won 20 plus games and six 30 plus wins.
Now his youngest son, Trey, has been named the new head coach at South Laurel. And hes ready for the challenge.
Im excited, Smith said. I basically grew up on that field at South Laurel and the program means so much to me.
A South Laurel High School and Morehead State University graduate, Smith holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and has over five years of coaching experience as an assistant baseball coach at Corbin High School (three years) and two years as an assistant on the boys basketball team at South.
Everyone at South is extremely excited to have Trey Smith as our new baseball coach, said Dr. Brandon Hibbard, principal at South Laurel. His knowledge and history of our program will help our players reach a new level. He has a love for the game, and a passion for seeing kids succeed. 
Even though this will be his first head coaching job, Smith said hes not nervous.
Im more anxious than anything, Smith said. Im ready to go. I want to get up to the field and work with the players. He also said he wants to continue the winning tradition at South Laurel, something he knows a lot about being a member of the 2005 state basketball champion team.
I learned a lot from my father, Smith said. He built a very successful program at South Laurel for as long as he had it. I know what it takes to be a winner and I want to instill that work ethic into my players, where they take pride in everything they do.
Smith said one thing South Laurel has been good at is building a family atmosphere, something he credits both basketball coach Jeff Davis and athletic director Ryan Nolan for.
I want the kids to be proud of what they accomplished after their four years here at South Laurel, Smith said. Wins and championships are great; its something we all strive for. But I want them to be proud of their time at South.
When he became an assistant coach at Corbin, the talk started about Smith one day taking over the program at South. With the resignation of Wynn Harris a few weeks back, the opportunity presented itself, and Smith felt like this was the right time to throw his hat in the ring.
I feel like Im at a time in my life where I am ready to take the next step, Smith said. Ive been an assistant coach for five years and I want to implement some of things that Ive learned from various coaches and take that next step and become a head coach.

    Trey Smith fits perfectly with where we want the South Laurel baseball program to go next, said South Laurel athletic director Ryan Nolan. I am very excited for the possibilities that await.
And he knows there will be comparisons with his Hall of Fame father. And hes prepared for that.
When my father was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the speech I gave I told a story about when he took all the banners in the gym at South Laurel that had his name on them down, Smith said. I walked into his office one day and saw those banners in there. I asked him why they were in there and he told me he didnt want people comparing his accomplishments to mine. He wanted me to set my own path and create my own legacy. He knew people would compare me to him.
There is one main thing he would like to take away from the hundreds of lessons he learned from his father.
If you asked people about my dad and his coaching career, the first thing they would mention is how competitive he was, Smith said. I want to bring that to my program, the competitive desire to win and be better. He taught me to never be complacent, to be a better player and strive to continue to get better. He never wanted me to be satisfied. I want my players to be that way.



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