According to Doug Goodwin, communications specialist for the Cobb County School District, Smith remains employed at Pebblebrook as a teacher and soccer coach.
Smith did not return several calls for comment. When asked if Smith was relieved of his duties, Pebblebrook athletic director Kevin Locke said he couldn’t “confirm anything at this point.”
Locke then referred further comment to the school district.
When asked why Smith is no longer the coach, Goodwin said that Pebblebrook informed him that the school “wanted to make a change for the program.”
According to the listing of open head-coaching positions on the district website, the Pebblebrook position that belonged to Smith was posted Dec. 5. It is one of three football openings throughout the district, along with Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain.
According to Goodwin, a committee of “stakeholders, parents, booster club members and parents” will narrow down candidates for Pebblebrook principal Zinta Perkins to interview for the position.
Smith had a 17-23 record in four years at Pebblebrook, including a 4-6 finish this fall. The Falcons finished the 2011 season with a 4-3 record in Region 4AAAAA play, but they lost a tiebreaker with North Cobb and South Cobb for the fourth and final berth into the postseason.
In Smith’s four years, Pebblebrook finished better than .500 just once — 6-4 in 2009. Outside of Smith’s first season at Pebblebrook, the Falcons remained in contention for the postseason, only to come up one game short or lose a tiebreaker.
Not reflected in Smith’s final records is the quality of opposition that Pebblebrook faced every season. Each of the past two seasons, the Falcons faced off with perennial postseason contenders Chapel Hill, East Coweta and Lowndes.
Smith came to Pebblebrook in 2008, taking the reins after then-coach Mike Collins left for Chamblee. A former college player at Tennessee Tech, Smith was a longtime assistant coach, serving time at East Coweta and Troup before taking the Pebblebrook job.