L.D. Bell head coach leaves for SMU job

Hurst L.D. Bell coach Mark Smith will work on offense and recruiting at SMU.
Hurst L.D. Bell coach Mark Smith will work on offense and recruiting at SMU. Special to S-T

Hurst L.D. Bell football coach Mark Smith resigned Tuesday to join new SMU coach Chad Morris’ staff as an offensive analyst and director of recruiting.

Smith, who could not be reached for comment, announced his departure on Twitter. Hurst-Euless-Bedford athletic director Mike Fielder confirmed the news.

“This was something I knew he had been considering,” Fielder said. “He decided and told his players this morning.”

Smith went 21-22 in four seasons at Bell, taking over as head coach in 2011. He joined the school’s staff in 2009 after working as a defensive quality-control assistant at Oklahoma in 2008. He’s also coached as an assistant at Irving MacArthur and Colleyville Heritage.

Smith’s addition to the staff at SMU follows the Mustangs’ hiring of DeSoto coach Claude Mathis, who was named the team’s running backs coach last week. Morris has compiled a staff heavy with experience at the high school level, including himself. The ex-Clemson offensive coordinator made stops at Bay City, Stephenville and Lake Travis.

Four of Morris’ assistants have coached at the high school level within the last eight years.

The open job at Bell will mark another coaching change in what’s been a busy off-season, in particular in the HEB school district. Steve Lineweaver, a 21-year veteran and three-time state championship winner, retired from Euless Trinity in December.

Fielder said the Trinity position was posted internally last week. If a viable candidate emerges, the district will hire soon. If not, the job will be posted externally. Six Trinity assistants have coached the Trojans for 10 years or more, including defensive coordinator Donald Tryon and assistant head coach Craig Cansler.

Other notable area programs are also still in search for a new coach.

Trent Fuller resigned from Arlington Lamar in November, and Reginald Samples left Dallas Skyline for Duncanville earlier this month. The spot left at DeSoto by Mathis is also still open.