HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton High School coaching legend Mike Smith is saying goodbye after 51 years, more than 500 career wins and 12 state championships.
Smith announced he was stepping away at a retirement party on Thursday alongside his family.
His 506 career wins are good for third-most all-time in high school football history. He got to 500 back in September when his Crabbers beat Menchville, 25-14.
Through it all, Smith says he tried to teach his players lessons that were bigger than football.
“I’ve always thought character, being a good teammate and being a positive citizen when you leave (Hampton),” Smith told WAVY in September. “If you can’t take some social values from football, then you’ve lost the meaning of it and I truly believe that.”
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, a Hampton native who graduated from Denbigh High in Newport News, congratulated Smith on Twitter.