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Bolingbrook AD: Tony Smith resigning as girls basketball coach

Coach who built Lady Raiders' program will take same job at Homewood-Flossmoor

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak)
Bolingbrook girls basketball coach Tony Smith talks to his players during a timeout in a 2011 game against Joliet Central. Staff photo by Matthew Piechalak

BOLINGBROOK — According to Bolingbrook High School athletic director Rob Rose, girls basketball coach Tony Smith will resign his position effective May 2.

Smith will fill the same role at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he will work under former Bolingbrook athletic director and current H-F AD Alec Anderson.

"As a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, I remember a day when girls basketball wasn't anywhere near it is now," Rose said. "They're going to be tough shoes to fill. Tony did a great job with building our program into one of the best in the country."

Rose said the process of Smith's resignation is as simple as signing a letter that says he is resigning as coach and health teacher at the end of the school year. Soon after, Rose will post the open position on the Valley View School District website and the process of hiring a new coach will begin.

"We haven't talked to anybody internally about taking over, but I wouldn't be opposed to that," Rose said. "But my job and our job is to find the best candidate for kids."

The sooner Rose can have a new coach in place the better as the summer season, in which coaches are allowed 25 contact days with players, is rapidly approaching.

"We have to get rocking and rolling because the summer is coming up, and that's an important time," Rose said.

Smith started his coaching career at Bolingbrook in 2001 and coached the Raiders to four state titles (including three straight from 2008-09 to 2010-11), two additional title game appearances and another state trophy in seven consecutive seasons. Bolingbrook compiled a 329-39 record during his tenure and was undefeated in conference play during that time.

"It's not a great day for Bolingbrook High School, but we wish him the best," Rose said. "Tony and I both graduated from here and go back to when we were growing up in the same area. I hope he does well. It's an exciting opportunity for him and I wish him the best."

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