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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Names East Coach
MONROEVILLE, Pa. — The prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl has named Terry Smith of Gateway High School (Monroeville, Pennsylvania) as the head coach for the East squad.
Smith, the third African American head coach in the history of the All-American Bowl, will lead the East against the West which will be coached by Bill Redell, (Oak Christian School, Westlake Village, California) in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl taking place on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 1:00 PM (EST) at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The game, televised live on NBC, is the premier high school football event in the country — a classic match-up featuring the nation’s top 90 players.
“Coach Smith is an excellent leader of young Americans and a strong example of Army values in action,” said Colonel David Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-7, Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command.
“The U.S. Army is proud to honor Coach Smith to lead our nation’s most talented student-athletes at the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl – the East team will benefit greatly from his leadership.”
Since arriving at his alma mater in 2002, Smith has guided the Gateway High School Gators to a 53-18 record. Six straight playoff appearances, including two trips to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Championships, highlight his head coaching career.
Smith served as assistant coach in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He returns this year in hopes of breaking the overall 4-4 tie. Smith has coached two U.S. Army All-Americans during his tenure: Shayne Hale (2008) and Justin King (2007).
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the Head Coach of the East Squad of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl,” said Coach Smith. “This game is viewed as the marquee All-Star game in the country.”
“I would like to thank the U.S. Army and all that they do for our country and for these 90 All-Americans. I am thrilled to receive such an honor.”
Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been considered the nation’s premier high school sporting event by high school football players, coaches, and fans from across the country.
It has served as the national launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Brady Quinn all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
Current collegiate stars Tim Tebow (Florida), Chris “Beanie” Wells (Ohio State) and Mark Sanchez (USC) are also alumni of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.