Today the board of education approved former Oakcrest Chuck Smith as his successor.

Smith stepped down as the Falcons head coach back on Dec. 1 and many speculated this could be the reason why - today it was made official, the school announced through a press release.

Chuck Smith has been hired as the new head football coach at Mainland Regional High School. Smith’s hiring was approved yesterday at a meeting of the MRHS Board of Education.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to come back to Mainland and lead a program where I have so many great memories,” Smith said.
Smith, who has taught at Mainland since 1990, served as an assistant there from 1989-2009, helping the Mustangs win nine conference championships and five sectional titles. Smith, who lives in Northfield with his wife and three children, spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Oakcrest High School where he led the Falcons to their only two playoff victories in school history and currently ranks second on the school’s all-time list for career victories.

“I’m really excited to meet with the team and get to work,” Smith said.

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