Coach Judy Smyth could not name an all-Smyth team because she valued every kid she coached.
Smyth remembers her team short-sheeting the bed at state. One team took fishing wire and tied her bed so that when she got into bed she couldn’t get into it.
Coaching: “I wanted to be a coach ever since I was a little kid,” Smyth said.
Her favorite senior class: “The 1982 class,” Smyth said. “Fun bunch of kids.”
Advice: “If I would tell anything to a younger coach coming in,” Smyth said, “give it your all. Don’t put so much pressure that you take it elsewhere, and don’t put so much pressure that it is the only thing. Because if you win or lose that game, it is not going to change the world. It’s just a game. Go out there and give it 110% and be grateful that you had the opportunity to play the game.”
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Favorite win: “1982 against Alamogordo and 1989 against Portales.”
Toughest loss: “1990 against Moriarty — I knew we were falling apart. We had them on the ropes and couldn’t pull it out.”
Best advice she ever received: Leon Sims: “Hold your head up high and do what you think is right. At some point, this job is not going to be yours, but you will always have your dignity.”
One thing she hopes she taught her girls: “To give it all, they had to work together; as a team we can accomplish things we can’t as individuals.”
Legacy: “I hope when I’m dead, people remember that I made a lot of mistakes. But I loved the Lord and loved those kids I coached.”
Hayden Hill: “He is a great person. I would not be sitting here if it wasn’t for him. We have been like brother and sister since we met. I have loved him and loved working with him. To me, he is one of the best coaches in the city. He’s the real deal.”
The biggest lesson her dad taught her: “He encouraged me to do the best she could do.”
The biggest lesson her mother taught her: “Her mom taught her to treat everyone the same.”
What playing sports in college taught her: “It taught her to be a team player and depend on other people. To give it 100% on the floor, walk off and be friends.”
High school sports: “Is fun, but it is not life-changing, Sports is supposed to be a way to teach kids how to get along, a way to teach kids how to work together. We’re losing sight of that. We’re losing sight of why we started high school sports in the first place. We started high school sports to get kids to work together. Do the very best that you can, but work together as a team and make good friends. We’re trying to make kids better citizens and we need to get back to why we’re doing what we’re doing. Is it just to win a game or win a blue trophy, or is it for the kids?”