Just three months after leading the Liberty Lions to a 6A State Championship, head coach Mark Smith is leaving the west Valley power. Smith is returning to his home state to take a head coaching position in Shelton, Washington multiple sources confirmed to Sports360AZ.com.
Per a source, 6A state champion Liberty High head coach Mark Smith has informed his players that he will be taking a job out of state. Smith coached the Lions to three consecutive 10+ win seasons, and the 2019 6A state title over Red Mountain.
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Smith, who has over 30 years of coaching experience in Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota, took over the Peoria program before the 2015 season. He finished his first year 4-7 but went 4-1 in section play.
He followed that up with a 7-4 2016, then went 31-8 over his final three seasons at Liberty.
“Lion Nation, thanks for all of your support,” Smith said to Sports360AZ.com shortly after the news broke. “Coach Red.”
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The seventh-seeded Lions upset top-seed Red Mountain 34-28 in overtime to claim the title at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on December 6th.