2010-05-20 / Sports

Smith to resign as OPHS cross country, track coach

A hometown hero is stepping down at Oak Park High.

Longtime Eagle cross country and track and field coach Kevin Smith submitted his letter of resignation last week, effective at the end of the track and field season.

Smith, 53, has been Oak Park’s head track coach since 1987, and he’s guided the cross country team since 1988.

He will remain a teacher at OPHS.

“I have had the unbelievable fortune to coach dedicated, hardworking studentathletes who elevated Oak Park High School to a championship level,” Smith said in a prepared statement.

“The journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a series of incredible administrators who permitted and encouraged me to pursue my vision. I will always be indebted to the enthusiastic support of the Oak Park community. Their limitless energy and assistance solidified our foundation of success.”

Smith’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams won a combined four state championships, seven state runner-up finishes, seven CIF-Southern Section crowns and 26 league titles.

Smith has helped guide the Oak Park boys’ to each track and field league title in school history, earning OPHS’ first league crown in 1988.

The venerable coach was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Oak Park is accepting applications for the cross country and track head coaching positions. Interested parties should contact co-athletic director Ann Pettit at (818) 735-3303.

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