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Smith leaving Scott’s Branch to return to C.E. Murray


Sometimes you just have to go home.

Scott’s Branch High School football head coach Brian Smith is leaving the school after one season to coach C.E. Murray once again.

“It’s home for me,” Smith said of C.E. Murray, the Greeleyville school at which he had served as head coach for four seasons. “It has a special place in my heart, and when the job came open, I decided it was time to return home and finish up my career at the place I call home.”

Smith, who was also the athletic director at Scott’s Branch, previously coached the War Eagles from 2013 to 2016 and posted a 24-21 record at the 1A school before leaving for 5A Blythewood.

“When I left, I never really wanted to leave,” Smith said. “They couldn’t pay me a fair wage, and now they can pay me better than what they used to. I never wanted to leave that place anyway.”

Smith was let go after one season at Blythewood in 2017 after going 3-7, then was hired at Scott’s Branch where he coached the Eagles to a 3-7 record in 2018.

Then when former C.E. Murray head coach Chad Wilkes left to coach at Lamar High School two months ago, the school had a void to fill, and it decided to fill it with a familiar face.

Smith is excited to coach the War Eagles again, especially for two specific reasons.

“The people and the kids,” he said. “We have great kids. I’m looking forward to finishing out my career there.”

Smith wants nothing but the best for Scott’s Branch football in his absence.

“I wish Scott’s Branch all the success in the world,” he said. “I want to thank them for the year I had, but I’m excited to be going home.”

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