best timberland boots HSU football coach Rob Smith says he intends to resign
Humboldt State University head football coach Rob Smith said today that he intends to resign after what will be a 10 year tenure with the program.
Smith announcement comes one month after the university announced it would not be cutting the football program, which followed months of uncertainty surrounding budget issues with the Athletics Department and university.
Smith said he met with interim Athletics Director Duncan Robins today to discuss details of the decision and plans to have another meeting with Robins on Friday.
have plenty to say once the decision is finalized. A lot of it has to do with where I at in my life, Smith said to the Times Standard today. be 61 by next season. I not getting any younger and I got a son playing in southern Oregon now and I like to watch him play. told the Times Standard on this afternoon that he is working to build a football program with Smith continuing as head coach. Robins said he will continue to meet with Smith.
is very jittery given what we been through over the last six months, Robins said. I hope that everyone can help us build a program rather than look to tear it apart before we had a chance to get it going again.
think the rumors took many of us by storm and shocked us and even pissed us off a little bit given how much we been working to build this program, Robins said.
Smith had informed Athletics Department boosters earlier this week about his intention to resign, according to several boosters who spoke to the Times Standard today.
Since he was hired as head coach in 2008, Smith has led the Jacks to two GNAC championship titles in 2011 and 2015 as well as to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2015.
think the general consensus is everyone is happy for him and we thankful for the 10 years he gave us and what he did with the program, HSU alumni and booster Jim Redd said.
Redd was one of several boosters who helped raise $500,
000 in donations needed to secure the 2018 football season and cover the Athletics Department deficit.
Another booster, Hensel ACE Hardware owner Ceva Courtemanche, said she is sad to hear Smith plans to resign, but said the fundraising efforts to secure the next five years of the HSU football program show community support for the program won waver.
coaches and the players and the administration always come and go, but this community stays here and we always going to fight for Athletics at HSU, she said. we in it and we not going to stop. Hopefully we can get a good coach in here to built up the program just like Rob Smith did 10 years ago. HSU Vice President of Administrative Affairs and athletics booster Burt Nordstrom said he is also disappointed to hear of Smith plans to resign, but also confident that the university will be able to continue the coach legacy.
hopefully that they be able to build on the success that Rob has built and put together, Nordstrom said. hope the new coaching staff is able to build on that and have success. Houston can be reached at 707 441 0504.