Campbellsville High School head baseball coach Kirby Smith was recently honored for his leadership and dedication to his team.
Smith, who is also CHS principal, just completed his 11th season as head baseball coach. He will become superintendent at Campbellsville Independent Schools on July 1.
Before the CHS vs. Washington County game on Thursday, May 18, many of Smith’s former players gathered on the field to surprise him.
“Tonight, we would like to honor a leader who has shaped the lives of countless young men.
“A man of God, a man of integrity, a mentor, a husband, a father and a coach,” CHS announcer Kevin Johnson said during the ceremony.
Before coaching at CHS, Smith was head coach at Spencer County High School from 1994 to 2004.
In that 20-year timespan, Smith has garnered 348 career wins and seven district championships, including six straight at CHS from 2008-2013.
Smith has led his teams to three 5th region All “A” championships, two All “A” sectional championships and an All “A” state semifinal appearance in 2007.
During his 2011 season at CHS, the Eagles were 5th region runners-up, the highest team accolade during the Kirby Smith era of Eagle baseball.
In his 20 years as a head coach, Smith’s teams appeared in a regional tournament 17 times.
And, in 2008, Smith was named 5th region Coach of the Year.
“Tonight, we would like to honor Coach Smith for the countless hours spent on the field, in the field house, on the road and in our hearts.
“Campbellsville High School Eagle Baseball would not be the program it is to today without your hard work, dedication, discipline and guidance.
“You have taught your alumni the importance of family, among many other life lessons. But most importantly, you have taught your teams that, ‘it’s not how you start, but how you finish.’
“And, on behalf of all your former players and current players alike, we would like to tip our hats to you and say thank you for putting us on the path to success and teaching us how to finish strong,” Johnson said during the ceremony.
Smith was presented a plaque by CHS Athletic Director Tim Davis and Assistant Director Katie Wilkerson.