Former Sun Valley quarterback Cory Smith is the new head football coach at Forest Hills.
Smith replaces longtime Forest Hills caoch John Lowery, who resigned last month.
Lowery worked at the school since 1978, when he began as an assistant football and head baseball coach. From 1978-98 as the Yellow Jackets baseball coach, Lowery won 250 games and the 1997 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state title.
After serving as an assistant with the football team for seven years, including in 1984 -- when Forest Hills won a state title -- Lowery took over the head job in 1986. His high school football teams won 16 conference championships and 266 games. Lowery’s teams missed the playoffs one time.
As a player at Sun Valley, Smith was a two-time all-South Piedmont conference pick and two time Union County player of the year. At Pembroke in college, Smith started three seasons and threw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.
After he graduated college, Smith was head baseball coach at Forest Hills from 2011-14. He also coached quarterbacks on the football team. Now, he’ll get is first head coaching job.
“We were looking for someone who could build on the success we have had at Forest Hills over the years,” Forest Hills principal Kevin Plue said. “In order to find that person, we needed someone who not only knew the history and tradition here at Forest Hills, but also brought with them fresh ideas and energy that can add to that rich history....We feel Cory Smith can do all of those things, and we are very excited to name him as our next Head Football Coach.”