Chuck Smith built Boyle County into one of the state's premier high school programs by winning five straight state championships from 1999-2003 and taking the Rebels to six straight state title games.
Now he'll try to help instill that same winning formula into the University of Kentucky football program after he accepted an offer Monday to join coach Rich Brooks' staff as linebacker coach.
"I was kind of stunned and shocked a little bit when he called to tell me the news," said Boyle junior linebacker Andrew Bertram. "But when an opportunity like this comes along, you have to take it. It's an honor to think that the coach we will be watching at Kentucky next year coached us, too."
Brooks interviewed Smith, a former UK linebacker, Saturday. Earlier Monday the Kentucky coach called coaches Bob Sphire of Lexington Catholic and Bret Burnett of Elizabethtown to tell them he did not have spots for them on his staff. However, late Monday afternoon, Brooks called Smith to offer him the job and Smith quickly accepted.