Girls Basketball: Tony Smith leaving Bolingbrook for Homewood-Flossmoor
BY TIM O’BRIEN For Sun-Times Media May 2, 2013 11:52AM
Tony Smith was coach of the state champion Bolingbrook High School girls basketball team. | File photo
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:23AM
Bolingbrook athletic director Robert Rose confirmed Thursday morning that girls basketball coach Tony Smith has taken the same position at Homewood-Flossmoor.
Smith had not officially submitted a letter of resignation as of Thursday morning.
“Tony did a great job here at Bolingbrook, and we’re sad to lose him,” Rose said. “He had a great run here, and we wish him luck at Homewood-Flossmoor.”
Smith guided the Raiders to three straight Class 4A state titles between 2009 and ’11. Bolingbrook lost in the supersectional round the past two seasons, both losses coming to Whitney Young. Bolingbrook finished the 2012-13 season with a 24-6 record.
He takes the H-F job that was vacated when three-year coach Dana Noble was not rehired to the coaching position after the 2012-13 season. Noble was 63-25 in his three seasons at H-F.
“It’s very exciting for us,” Homewood-Flossmoor athletic director Alec Anderson said. “When the position opened we weren’t sure what was going to happen to be quite honest. We had a really high quality group of applicants, and our three finalists were second to none.
“Tony did a great job of interviewing, and the committee really liked him as a coach and as a person. We felt it was a good fit, and fortunately for us we were able to get him to move from Bolingbrook.”
Bolingbrook will search for Smith’s replacement.
“It’s a little late in the game (during the school year), but we’ll post the position to our district website and see what we can get. It’s an open position, not just in the building (at Bolingbrook). We’ll find the best possible replacement,” Rose said.
Contributing: Tony Baranek