Northside High's David Smart is leaving his role as the school's baseball coach.
Smart told Northside offiicials earlier this week. But he made it public Thursday night when he announced it at the team's awards banquet.
"It is tough. It is hard," Smart said Friday. "We have some other things going on in the family that made now a good time to step away."
But Smart, who will remain at Northside as an assistant football coach and special education teacher, said he is not through coaching baseball.
"This is not forever," he said. "I am just taking a little break, taking a little respite."
Smart has been at Northside for the past six years, where he compiled a record of 93-68.
He took the Patriots to the state quarterfinals his first two seasons. After they missed the playoffs for two, he got them in the past two, where they lost in the first round both years.
"We have done some good things here," Smart said. "We are trending in the right direction."
Smart was an assistant on Bobby Howard's coaching staff at Columbus High for 10 years before landing the Northside position.
Before that he was Hardaway for three years as an assistant. In between those, he was the head coach at Del Rio, Texas, High for one year.
"I love the game; it has been good to me," Smart said. "But it really is a 24-7, 365-day job, the way we do it in Columbus, Georgia.
"Even when you are not doing it, you are doing it."
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