Smith County High School announced that it has hired Matt Dyer, Smith County graduate and son of the late Owl coach Pat Dyer, as its new head coach for the football program. Coach Dyer said, “it is such a blessing and honor to even be considered for this position.” Coach Dyer said his goal is to create a “competitive environment and conquer every day” and “establish a hardworking, successful, blue-collar, positive culture.”
Coach Dyer comes back to Smith County with twelve years of coaching experience, including helping lead Trousdale County to consecutive Class 2A semifinal appearances in 2019 and 2020. Coach Dyer served as an assistant at Macon County from 2009-2017 and Trousdale County from 2018-2020.
Coach Dyer joins the Owls program thirty years after his father began as the head coach. Pat Dyer served as the head coach from 1990-1994. Coach Dyer stated, “It is an amazing feeling to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I just hope that I can have the same impact on these kids’ lives that he had on his players. I still have students and players of his, and people of the community tell me how much they loved my dad and how much they admired him.”