North Swimming and Diving Coach David Smithers Named Division II Coach of the Year
Posted by Community Relations at 11/12/2015
North Swimming and Diving Coach David Smithers was named the Division II Coach of the Year. It is the fourth time he has won State Coach of the Year in his illustrious 20-year history as North’s only swimming and diving coach. He has coached nine individual or relay state champions, 14 swimming & diving All-Americans and 70 Academic All-Americans. His Mustang Boys teams have had two 3rd place State finishes, and finished fourth, three times. His Girls teams placed 2nd and 4th in 2005 and 2006. The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association has bestowed Team Scholar Awards with regularity. His Girls teams have been Gold Level teams 13 straight years, while his boys have had seven Gold Level teams and six Silver Level Scholar Awards. The NISCA Scholar Team Award recognizes teams achieving high academic standards. The award is based on the average cumulative GPA of an entire varsity team of 12 or more athletes. The three levels of recognition are Gold: 3.75-4.0 and Silver: 3.5-3.749.
Smithers is a business teacher at North. Besides his 20 years of coaching, he has taught for 24 years.
“We have had a lot of accomplishments, but the unseen part is the best--seeing the kids mature and grow into adults, as well as becoming good swimmers, and staying in contact with them years after they have graduated,” Smithers said.
Nicknamed “Smitty” he currently has two assistants who were former Mustang swimmers and others who have become coaches at other schools. In his career, 288 swimmers and divers have come through the program.
“North is my second home; sometimes my first home.”