Chase Smith leaves Orange Beach to return to Spanish Fort as head football coach
Once again, Spanish Fort High School has looked south to find its new head football coach.
On Thursday, the Baldwin County School Board approved the hiring of Orange Beach head coach Chase Smith to lead the Toros.
Smith replaces Ben Blackmon, who left earlier this year to take the role at Enterprise. Spanish Fort‘s previous two head coaches (Mark Freeman and Blackmon) were both hired away from Gulf Shores High.
“I can’t tell you how humbled and excited I am to have the opportunity to serve such an incredible school, city and community,” Smith told AL.com. “The Spanish fort is my home and has been for 15 years. Not a day will go by that I don’t fight for every member of Toro Nation.
Smith started the program in Orange Beach. The Makos went 3-6 in his first season, then went 9-2 a year ago and staged a first round playoff game.
Before accepting the job at Orange Beach, he spent a season as head coach at Robertsdale. He went 2-8.
Smith played football and graduated from Jacksonville State. He was a high school assistant at Spain Park (2005), Greenville (2006) and Spanish Fort (2007-2010). While at Spanish Fort, he coached running backs, defensive line, and offensive line. He helped the Toros compile a 39-13 overall record that culminated in the Class 5A state title in 2010.
He joined the Joey Jones staff in South Alabama in 2011 as a graduate assistant. He was director of operations in 2012 and coached on the field from 2013 to 2017, working primarily with tight ends and the offensive line.