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Fired Coach Rehired to Teach at H-F High This Fall

Will he return to the basketball court?

Anthony Smith | File photo
Anthony Smith | File photo

Anthony Smith will be back in the classroom at Homewood-Flossmoor High School this fall.

Whether he will be back on the basketball court coaching the girls team is not known.

The Board of Education on Tuesday night decided Smith — who was fired in April as both a teacher and coach over a recruiting scandal — could return to school as a health and driver's education teacher at a salary of $81,446.

The IHSA cleared Smith in late April to return to coaching after investigating allegations he recruited his top summer league players from Bolingbrook to attend Homewood-Flossmoor High School. H-F students filed a lawsuit against the school, which was dropped in March.

On Tuesday night, the district released a statement:

“Smith is a top-level coach, who is inspiring, motivating and devoted to his players, as well as his students in the classroom,” the statement reads. “After reviewing all information and considering the views of many different stakeholders, the board is confident that this (allowing him to again teach) is the right decision for Homewood-Flossmoor students, athletes and the greater community.

“Our focus now is on the implementation of a comprehensive plan to remedy areas of noncompliance and to ensure agreement with IHSA rules moving forward.”

— via Sun-Times Media

SouthSide May 21, 2014 at 02:30 PM
$81K for health and driver's ed. Wow.
Genvieve LaChappele May 21, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Maybe he can run the 30 million dollar field house!
Derrick G May 21, 2014 at 04:29 PM
You're still complaining about the field house? Really? You do know the old field house was a disaster waiting to happen? The new field house was very much needed and it improves the school. If you care about your property values, then you should support anything that improves the school. No matter what the cost. I'm glad the guy got his job back. It was very unfair that he lost his job over some jealous girl who couldn't accept the fact that she wasn't the best player on the team. Also, if you want good teachers, you need to dish out good salaries.
Genvieve LaChappele May 21, 2014 at 06:20 PM
The field house was in disrepair but 100,000 square feet is a little much. I'm sure people will flock here to may high taxes for a 21 avg ACT and a huge field house.
mskymme166 May 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Genvieve, do you have an athlete at HF?? Would you prefer that a student was injured due to some of the areas which required immediate repair in the old fieldhouse. The students, athletes and community now have a safe place for physical education classes, for practices and for the various sporting events. Also, HF can continue to strive for high standards in academics and provide a fieldhouse that the school can be proud of. It does not have to be one goal over the other.

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