Head coach brothers face each other in tournament
By: HEATHER SMITH
In the second round of last Thursday's Trousdale County Holiday Tournament, we can say history in Pickett County High School basketball was made. Two brothers, PCHS Lady Bobcats Coach Brent Smith and Smith County Lady Owls Coach Barry Smith went head-to-head with their coaching skills.
Some unusual things about the occurrence other than the two being brothers, was that the teams normally don’t play each other and both of their teams wear black and gold. This was the first time that the Smith brothers' girls teams met on the floor.
Barry began coaching the PCHS Lady Cats in the '88-89 season and continued his career with them for the next 11 years. He then took the position of principal for the next four years at PCHS. In 2006 Coach Barry Smith became the new Head Coach for the Smith County Lady Owls.
Brent returned to his roots to become the PCHS Bobcats Head Coach in the 1999 season and led the boys for three years. After a short break from coaching, he then took the head coaching position for the Lady Cats and is currently in his fifth year. Brent also has taken the Vice Principal position at the high school.
With so many similarities its not odd to say that both have a lot of the same similar coaching tactics on the basketball floor. Both teams hustle and work hard and you can see that both coach's ball girls have the utmost respect for them and others on and off the floor.
Barry and Brent Smith are the sons of Hollis and Nelda Smith of Byrdstown.
Coverage of the game can be found on page four of this week’s Press.