Miami Central coach Roland Smith has been named the 2015 National High School Coaches Association’s Football Coach of the Year.
Smith earned the prestigious accolade this past week in recognition for leading the Rockets’ football team to its third consecutive state title and fifth consecutive state finals appearance.
This past season, Central went 14-1 and earned a top 10 national ranking in several polls. The Rockets culminated the season with a victory over Bothell (Washington) in the inaugural Burger King State Bowl Championship Series.
Smith joins former St. Thomas Aquinas coach George Smith as the only South Florida coaches to win the award. He is the third in state history, along with longtime Jacksonville Bolles coach Charles “Corky” Rogers.
Some of the nation’s most notable high school coaches, including Louisiana John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis, Summerville (South Carolina) coach John McKissick and Concord De La Salle (California) coach Bob Ladouceur, are among the past winners.
Smith is 28-2 over the past two seasons at Central, leading the Rockets to consecutive state titles and extending Central’s five-year run of state finals appearances that has included four state titles.
During a prior six-year stint as head coach at Miami Northwestern, Smith went 69-13 and won a state championship during a 2006 undefeated season.
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The University of Miami received class of 2016 oral commitments from Clewiston wide receiver Reginald Henderson and Olney (Maryland) Good Counsel defensive end Izon Pulley.
The first came from the 6-4 Henderson, who hasn’t played football in two years since he was a freshman because of academic issues. He raised his GPA over 2.0, according to reports, making him eligible to play.
Without any recent footage on him, Henderson had not been contacted by any college football programs, but with Clewiston participating in the 7-on-7 tournament at UM, the big-bodied receiver impressed Hurricanes coaches enough for them to offer him a scholarship, and he committed.
Pulley, who is 6-4 and 250 pounds, chose UM over Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Iowa.
Barry University men’s tennis players Fabian Groetsch and Ahmed Triki were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Americans in singles and doubles. Groetsch and Triki finished the year as the top doubles team in the country with a 23-1 record. They won 18 consecutive matches to end the season. Barry finished 26-0 this season and won its third national championship in the past five years.