The Community R-VI School District officially hired a new head basketball coach last week after the Community R-VI School Board meeting.
Dave Smith of Springfield, Mo., was hired and will also hold an assistant football coach position in the first-season of co-op football between the Van-Far and Community R-VI programs.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Smith said. “Kids from R-VI want to play — it’s a win-win situation.”
Smith has been coaching boy’s basketball for 21 years and college basketball for four years.
For high school basketball, Smith coached the Ladue Horton Watkins Rams in the 80s and the Turner Golden Bears in Kansas City, Kan., during the ‘90s.
After coaching high school basketball, he moved up through the college ranks.
Smith spent four years as an assistant coach for Drury University and at a Junior College basketball, from where he will be coming to coach the Trojans.
He’s also been an assistant football coach at the Miller R-2 School District near Springfield, Mo.
“I know that R-VI is expecting to compete for the district championship,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to it. We want to be competitive day in and day out.”
Smith said he’s had quite a few successful seasons but he said “like any coach when you have good players, good things happen.”
The best highlight for Smith’s career as of yet is the ability to watch his players take their skills from the court to their professional careers.
Smith said it’s being involved with the players and their successes in life that he enjoys most.
Smith replaced Trojans head coach James Benson, who left R-VI to better his career and family as a JV coach, varsity assistant basketball coach, social studies teacher with a position involving physical education at Class 5 Legend High School in Parker, Colo.
Smith takes over the Trojans with great expectations, as the team readies for its first season back in a Class 1 District, moving down from a Class 2 District during the 2012-13 season.
Last season the Trojans were a No. 1 seed in districts during a breakout season for the program.