Portal football coach resigns

Bulloch County Schools announced that Portal’s Head Football Coach, Matt Smith, has resigned after six seasons.

Portal football coach resigns
Portal Panthers (Source: WTOC-TV)

BULLOCH CO., Ga. (WTOC) - Bulloch County Schools announced that Portal’s Head Football Coach, Matt Smith, has resigned after six seasons.

According to the release, he was appointed in August 2015, after serving as an assistant coach for one year.

Smith confirmed his decision with Portal Athletic Director Justin Chester this week, the district said.

“Portal is very appreciative and thankful for his past commitment to the program, and the time he put into this position,” Chester said in the release.

“The last six years have been a great experience,” said Smith in the release. “I would like to thank (Superintendent) Charles Wilson and the administration of Portal for the opportunity to lead the football program. Portal is a great school and community with some of the best young men I have ever worked with.  I look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.”

According to Chester, Portal will move quickly to fill the position for spring and summer workouts. The remaining varsity football coaching staff will continue to lead the team in weight training classes until further notice, according to the school.

Smith has coached athletic teams for 29 years, and has served Bulloch County Schools for 11 years, seven of those at Portal, where he will continue to teach high school students both Economics and American Government.

The Panthers were winless in the 2020 season.

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