AHS names Coach Brad Smith as head baseball coach

AHS names Coach Brad Smith as head baseball coach
Posted on 04/29/2020
Arlington High School’s baseball program will have a new head coach when school resumes in the fall. Coach Brad Smith, who’s been head coach at Tipton Rosemark Academy since 2007, has been tapped to lead the Tigers Baseball.

Smith’s arrival to Arlington follows Coach Chris Ring’s decision to step down as head coach after a wildly successful 14-year career at AHS. Ring will continue teaching at AHS.

“Coach Ring’s leadership as head coach has certainly left a legacy that speaks for itself,” Principal Chris Duncan said. “He built a solid program over the years that saw many state tournament plays, and we have all the confidence that Coach Smith will be able to step into his place and continue moving this program forward.”

Coach Smith joined the TRA Rebels in the summer of 2007 and quickly grew the program into a state contender. Over the course of his tenure at TRA, the Rebels made it to the final four of the state tournament four times, even earning state runner-up in 2009, 2014 and 2018. But one of his most prized accomplishments is seeing his players move onto the next level. In the 13 years at TRA, Coach Smith saw nearly 30 players move onto the next level to play in college and beyond.

“I got into coaching because I wanted the kids to experience the game of baseball that I fell in love with,” Coach Smith said. “It’s my goal to prepare my athletes, to the best of my ability, to play at the next level. That’s the goal for a lot of my kids, and I want to try my hardest to make that happen.”

Like most high school baseball programs across the country, the COVID-19 virus forced TRA and AHS to cancel their baseball seasons, so naturally Coach Smith is ready to get back on the diamond and learn about Arlington traditions. “I just really want to get to work tomorrow,” he said. “I’m ready to meet the staff that Coach Ring assembled and get to know them and help them learn about me.”

“Most importantly, I’m ready to get on the field with our players,” he continued. “These young men have gone pretty much an entire season without development through playing live action games. It’s going to be my job and my assistant coaches’ job to help our players make up for this lost time. I love the game, and I can’t wait to share my passion and love of baseball with Arlington and our young men.”