David Smith was named to the Leopard coaching staff by the De Queen School Board at its July 9 meeting.
Smith will fill the vacancy, but not the duties, created when football defensive coordinator Jon Amerson accepted an offer at Dumas.
Amerson’s departure set off a domino effect on the De Queen staff. Head football coach Stephen Sloan said De Queen linebacker coach Richard Bell will assume the defensive coordinator duties. Junior high assistant Brian Shelton will move to senior high and coach the secondary. Smith will take Shelton’s place for junior football and also will assist with senior girls track.
A native of North Little Rock, Smith is a graduate of Ole Main High School and the University of Central Arkansas.
He has been in education for 28 years. His first position was recreation director at Arkansas School for the Deaf, where he later taught. In his career he has coached basketball, football and track. His teams have won a total of 12 conference championships.
Smith was at Mabelvale Middle School in southwest Little Rock for two decades, most recently teaching PE and health as well as coaching the boys track team.
Mabelvale has won the last three Little Rock City middle school championships and last year won the Metro titles (Pulaski County) as well. Smith said he has the most success coaching the 800 meters. His runners in that race have finished either first or second at conference 18 times.
He listed his hobbies as fishing, hunting, horse racing (which has earned him the nickname Race Horse) and flea markets. “I love to go to auctions,” he said.
Smith is the father of three sons: a 25 year old who works for Arkansas Heart Association, a 22 year old in college and a seven year old.
His path to De Queen began when he and his wife, Holly Harding-Smith, decided to move from Little Rock to a smaller town. “My wife’s family is from the Nashville area,” Smith said. “She was just hired to teach English at Nashville.”