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Smith returns to lead Killian’s football program

Killian running back Lamar Miller runs for a big gain against rival Miami Palmetto in a football game on Nov. 29, 2008 played at FIU Stadium.
Killian running back Lamar Miller runs for a big gain against rival Miami Palmetto in a football game on Nov. 29, 2008 played at FIU Stadium. Miami Herald

Killian has hired Steve Smith to be its football coach again.

Smith, 48, went 14-9 in two seasons as the Cougars coach back in 2007 and 2008 and led Killian to the regional final in his final season when Lamar Miller, a future Miami Hurricane and two-time 1,000-yard back in the NFL, was a senior.

“I just wanted to go back to a place that’s been successful and that has a chance for success – for a lot of success,” said Smith, who first went to Killian to replace Billy Rolle after he had led the Cougars to their only state title in 2004.

“I met with the kids last week and told them that. I’m not sure who is going to stay or not. But I hope they stay.”

Smith, who has also coached at Doral and Coral Park, spent the last two seasons at Hialeah where he went 8-12 including a playoff berth in 2015.

He replaces Javi Valdes, who was surprisingly fired last month after just one season.

Killian went 4-6 last season and has several talented underclassmen with FBS scholarship offers.

The Cougars haven’t made the playoffs since 2014.

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