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Kevin Smith the new football coach at Woodbridge

Woodbridge announced the hiring of Kevin Smith as its football coach Thursday morning.

Smith had served as the school’s interim coach since a 49-17 win over Stonewall Jackson on Sept. 25, three days before former coach Keith King was placed on administrative leave.

Citing “personal and family reasons,” King resigned on Oct. 14.

"It was unfortunate with the situation that went down, but I was able to audition somewhat during the year," Smith said. "We had a pretty successful year, so I’m hoping that helped with the decision-making process."

Under Smith, who also served as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Woodbridge completed its second straight undefeated regular season but suffered a 19-6 home loss to Osbourn Park in the Northwest Region semifinals, finishing with a 10-1 record.

"[Smith] handled everything that we asked him to do when he took over as the interim coach at the Stonewall Jackson game," Kerns said. "There was no drop-off. Things didn't seem to skip a beat.

"We interviewed for the position and felt that Kevin was the best choice for us. It will be a great transition."

Smith, 32, graduated from Gar-Field High School in 1995 and began his four-year career as a quarterback at Towson University that fall, a career that saw Smith pass for 7,746 yards -- fourth-most in school history. He also threw 47 touchdown passes.

After graduating, Smith became the quarterbacks coach at Woodbridge for the first of three seasons in 2000.

Following a two-and-a-half-year hiatus because of a move to Massachussetts, Smith returned to his previous position in 2007 and became the Vikings' offensive coordinator a year later. When King resigned, Smith was promoted to interim coach, yet it was understood that Woodbridge would open the position to all applicants in the offseason.

"There's a lot of relief," Smith said. "Now I know what my status is. With all the great coaches that have come through this area, I’m just honored to become a member of that fraternity. I'm very humbled."

By Jason Mackey  |  January 14, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  Football , Northwest Region , Woodbridge  
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