COLUMBIA ALABAMA - Georgia Bulldog Head Coach Dad - Sonny Smart - Grew Up In Columbia AlabamaRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 11 2022 9:07 AM
COLUMBIA ALABAMA: The Alabama Elephants took a huge K-9 bite from the Georgia Bulldog's last night.
The Head Football Coach for the Georgia Bulldogs is Kirby Smart. We have learned something interesting about Kirby Smart.
His parents are Sonny and Sharon Smart.
Sonny Smart grew up in Columbia, Ala.
Sonny Smart even played for the Columbia Lions, as we understand.
He earned a degree in physical education at Samford, playing center for the Bulldogs. Sonny coached in Georgia for 23 years, Bainbridge and Rabun County, before retiring on a mountain outside Clayton. He enjoys golf and plays as often as possible, but his primary focus is on Georgia football and the success of the Bulldog program under his son, Kirby Smart.
Kirby Paul Smart is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, his alma mater. He coached the 2021 Bulldogs to a national championship victory in 2022, their first title win since 1980.
Kirby Smart was born in Montgomery Alabama. Graduated from high school in Bainbridge Georgia. Attended the University of Georgia and Florida State University for college.
Smart followed Nick Saban to the University of Alabama in 2007. He was hired by Saban as an assistant coach on January 9. On February 27, 2008, Smart was promoted to defensive coordinator. On December 8, 2009, Smart was awarded the Broyles Award as the nation's best assistant coach. He was the first Alabama assistant coach to win the award. Alabama would go on to win the BCS National Championship. Smart considered a lucrative contract to be the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Georgia, but chose to stay with the Crimson Tide in early January 2010. In 2011, Smart's defense helped Alabama win another championship, beating LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. On March 27, 2012, the University of Alabama System's Board Of Trustees voted to increase Smart's salary and extend his contract. On November 20, 2012, Smart was recognized as the 2012 AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. Alabama would win another national championship, beating Notre Dame with a bruising defense. On April 16, 2013, Smart was granted a $200,000 salary increase to make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.
On December 6, 2015, Smart was announced as the 26th head football coach at the University of Georgia. Smart went 8–5 in his first season as the head coach of the Bulldogs in 2016. The Bulldogs finished tied for second in the SEC East division.
In the 2017 season, Smart led the Bulldogs to their first 9–0 start since 1982 and won the SEC East after a victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on November 4. On December 2, 2017, Smart coached Georgia to its first SEC title since 2005, and only the fourth 12-win season in school history (1980, 2002, 2012). On December 3, Georgia was ranked No. 3 by the College Football Playoff Committee. Georgia played No. 2 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Rose Bowl. Georgia rallied from a 31–14 first-half deficit, ultimately defeating Oklahoma 54–48 in double overtime, completing the largest comeback in Rose Bowl history. The Bulldogs went on to lose to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game 26–23, where Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa relieved Jalen Hurts late in the contest and ended the game on a 41-yard TD completion to DeVonta Smith in overtime.
In the 2018 season, Georgia completed the regular season with an 11–1 record and earned a spot in the SEC Championship game as the Eastern Division Champions, but lost to Alabama, 35–28. The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs then earned an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl, where they lost to No. 15 Texas, 28–21.
In 2021, Georgia went 12–0 in the regular season, then lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, 41–24. Georgia was ranked No. 3 after this game. The Bulldogs beat No. 2 Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Orange Bowl, 34–11. Then they beat No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, 33–18.
Sonny Smart is quoted in one article in saying; “High school football is very special. It is the best chance a young man has to be on an organized team … and they don’t have to be invited to play. With the colleges, if you play at that level, you have to be invited to play. In high school there usually is a place for everybody. You can play a lot of kids. I can remember years ago we had a youngster who was not physically able to play in game situations, but he became captain of the extra-point team. He took great pride in his role and did a great job with his assignment. That is what high school football is all about.
The recruiting and the exposure – sometimes on the national level – has boosted interest in high school football. You have college fans who go to games and watch videos of the outstanding players who are prospects for their favorite college team. On signing day, you have guys on TV all day long talking about high school kids and recruits. This has heightened the interest in high school football.
High school football offers a special bond for kids. As a coach, you form bonds with their parents, their uncles, their grandparents – it’s a family thing that warms your heart. There is nothing like it. I love it, always have and always will.
You really cannot accurately measure how valuable a coach is to his community. A coach has great influence on kids. You have something they want. For many of them, high school football is the only place where they have discipline and structure. I have often said that a coach can’t control what some kids do but he can control who plays. They respect that. Kids will get in trouble and some will do wrong, but you don’t throw them away, you find a way to help them. Football helps a lot of kids who have gotten in trouble to mend their ways, and high school coaches are helping kids rebound from mistakes every day.”
Taking NOTHING from Georgia’s win, but it took someone from Alabama to lead Georgia to VICTORY!!!