Kentucky State Thorobreds making a statement under new coach, John L. Smith

04/07/2016 05:11 PM

A long way from the spotlight and out from under the magnifying glass of a Division I fan base, John L. Smith is in his first season as the head coach of the Kentucky State Football program. The Thorobreds have not had a winning season since 2011, and have a combined total of 13 wins in the following four years.

They now have the benefit of a head coach that has a lot of experience rebuilding football programs. Smith has been the head coach of six Division I football teams, has 150 career wins, and sees the potential in his new Frankfort team. He also is responsible for taking the university of Louisville Football team to five straight bowl games from 1998 – 2002 and winning two conference titles after inheriting a team that went 1-10 in 1997.

Smith is an Idaho native but has found strong ties to the Bluegrass. He now lives in Shelbyville and is using his 40 years of coaching experience to fill the football stadium at Kentucky State.

Smith comes to Kentucky State after a three year stint at fellow D II school, Fort Lewis College. He took a Skyhawks team that was winless in 2012 and brought them to a 7-4 record in 2015, with all of the four losses being to nationally ranked opponents.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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