Hyde Park’s Football Coaching Staff Recognized in Central Texas
Panther Pride runs high at Hyde Park for our varsity athletics programs! One outstanding program has been recognized in Central Texas this month.
Hyde Park’s Varsity Football Offensive Coordinator, Clay Smith, was recognized as the Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year by the Central Texas HS Coaches’ Association (an organization of 70+ public and private schools in the region). “Each year, at a winter meeting, the members vote on various awards and Coach Smith was selected by a team of peers in both public and private schools. This honor says a great deal about Coach Smith and it is a great honor for the HP football program," added Dean Campbell. This year, along with leading the Panther Offense including coaching the QBs and the Running Backs, Coach Smith also stepped in as the Interim Head Coach for a portion of the season when Head Coach Dean Campbell was out on medical leave. Helping the Panthers finish the season strong, the HP football program (8-2) progressed to the the bi-district round of the playoffs under the leadership of Coach Campbell and Coach Smith.
Coach Smith brought a great deal of experience when he joined the Hyde Park Football Staff approximately a year ago. He previously coached at St. Michaels for 3 years and he also brought 30+ years of coaching experience from various AISD programs. There is an amazing history between Coach Smith and Coach Campbell over the years. In 1965 on the “B Team” at Austin High School as sophomores, Dean Campbell was the QB with Clay Smith as his tight end. By their senior year, Coach Campbell finished at Austin High and Coach Smith graduated from Reagan High School. They eventually both joined the The University of Texas in various collegiate sports with Coach Campbell playing football and Coach Smith playing baseball for the Longhorns. Hyde Park congratulates Coach Smith and the Panther Football program on this outstanding accomplishment.