Bart Smith, Alta's varsity boys basketball coach, has accepted the boys varsity basketball position at Cherokee Washington High School.
Smith, who posted a superb 61-8 record in his three years at Alta, will also teach Physical Education and serve as an assistant football coach for the Braves. He started serving as Alta boys head basketball coach in August, 2005.
Smith is a 1998 graduate of Guthrie Center High School, and a 2003 graduate of Buena Vista University, where he played football for the Beavers for four years.
Smith has been student teaching in grades K-12 at Storm Lake and Aurelia schools this year, and also worked in Physical Education at Schaller-Crestland. He also served as an assistant football coach at BVU in 2002.
Smith is married to the former Kelly Taylor, who played basketball at Buena Vista University. They have been married for two years.
"I'm learning a lot here at Aurelia," said Smith in a telephone interview Friday. "These guys are great coaches and great people and I'm blessed and grateful to learn from them as I go," referring to veteran Bulldogs coaches and teachers Myron Radke, Grant Peckenschneider, Mike Fry, Jim Demers, and Marv Munden, to name a few.
Smith participated in football, basketball, and track and field in high school at Guthrie Center. He was a four-year varsity football starter at BVU.
"I'ver heard nothing but good things about the Cherokee School District and community," added Smith. "I'm impressed with the Cherokee administration and faculty, and facilities. We (Alta) have played Cherokee in basketball the past three years so I am familiar with most of the players. I'm excited to get there and work with them. I've heard they're outstanding kids from great families. That's so very important to any team's success."