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Brandy Smith headed to Corinth Holders

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on July 3, 2010 11:34 PM

After four years on the sidelines at her alma-mater Brandy Smith decided it was time to leave home.

Smith, the girls basketball coach at Goldsboro High School for the past four seasons, has resigned to accept the same position at newly-built Corinth Holders High School in Wendell.

During Smith's first two seasons at Corinth Holders the Pirates will play with only freshmen and sophomores. The challenge of building a new program is what attracted Smith to the job. Smith will also teach Physical Education at Corinth Holders.

"It was definitely a long process," Smith said. "It was one that took some time. I weighed a lot of options. I think it will be a good fit. It's an opportunity to build a program. Every day at this school we'll be making history."

The Cougars won three regular-season conference championships under Smith, including the Carolina 1-A Conference title this past season. Goldsboro was the Carolina 1-A tournament runner-up this season and the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference tournament runner-up in 2009.

Smith graduated from both Goldsboro High School and Mount Olive College.

"I've learned a lot of humility," Smith said. "I've learned a lot about coaching. Goldsboro was my first experience as a head coach. I learned something new about myself every year, and about the game and about female athletes. You're always going to learn something new. I think the biggest thing as a coach you know you're strengths and weaknesses and learn how to use your strengths to make a program into a successful one."

Goldsboro Athletic Director Eric Reid said the school has already posted the job opening online and has received several calls inquiring about the position. Reid hopes to have a new coach in place by the beginning of the school year.

"Brandy's truly meant a lot," Reid said. "Any time you lose a coach of her caliber you truly regret it. I'm happy for her and I can't do anything but wish her the best. We're looking for stability in our next coach and we have to make sure it's a good fit. We don't want to make this a long, drawn-out process."