Brad Smithey was tabbed as the new head coach at 4A West Oso High School in Corpus Christi on Wednesday.
Smithey comes over from Victoria West High School where he served as the offensive coordinator last season. He fills the vacancy left by Pete Guajardo who stepped down after leading West Oso to a 4-7 record last year.
“There were several things that Coach Smithey impressed us with during his interview,” West Oso High School Athletic Director Cheryl Fillmore said. “I would have to say the most impressive was the high level of energy and enthusiasm he brought during his interview. We were convinced this attribute would be contagious for the program and would spread into the community.”
Smithey has plenty of football pedigree. He played college football as a receiver at Southwestern Oklahoma State University before beginning his coaching career as the receivers coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has also spent time as an intern with the Green Bay Packers and as the head coach of the United States under-16 national team at the International Bowl in 2019. Smithey was the offensive coordinator at Brazosport High School for three years before coming to Victoria West to serve in the same role last season.
He takes over a West Oso program that has made the playoffs each of the past three years. It will face Ingleside, Port Isabel, Raymondville, Rio Hondo, Robstown, Rockport-Fulton, and Sinton in district play this year after UIL realignment. Six of those seven teams in this new district made the playoffs last year including Raymondville who knocked West Oso out in the first round last year in a 51-32 victory.
Looking forward to this season, Smithey will have plenty of star power to replace offensively after quarterback Malachi Flores, running back Cameron Williams, and wide receiver Justin Powell all graduated.
However, on defense, the team will return defensive back Chaz Green and defensive end Jaylon Patterson who were each first-team all-district selections last year.
Smithey will make his head coaching debut at West Oso when it opens its season against Odem on August 28th as he looks to take the team to the playoffs for the fourth year running.