The Lee County Board of Education approved the nomination of Beauregard Defensive Coordinator Mike Glisson to be the new Smiths Station football coach on January 23 in their monthly board meeting. Glisson will be the third head coach since the Panthers last were in the state playoffs (2013).
“I am excited and honored. (Smiths Station) has had a tough road lately and I am excited to get in there and go to work,” Glisson said.
Glisson brings 28 years of coaching experience with him as a coach. He was the head coach at Glenwood in 1997 and 1998. He spent several years in Columbus, Ga. at Hardaway, Shaw and Harris County before arriving at Auburn High in 2006. He served as strength and conditioning coach and an offensive assistant before being named defensive coordinator in 2014. He helped bring Auburn to their first 6A state title game in 2013.
“I think I have grown a lot. I have been with some guys that have done some really great jobs. When I was at Auburn, they were an average team and we built them up the right way. There isn’t a magic formula – you just have to show the kids that you care about them,” Glisson added.
Smiths Station won only two games in 2016 and none in 2017. Glisson knows the importance of keeping your talent in house.
“You have to give them something to believe in. Central is down the road and they have one of the best teams in the state. We have to do our job and sell the kids of what we are trying to accomplish at Smiths Station and let their parents know what we are about,” Glisson said.
Although Glisson has spent the last several years coaching defense, he has coached on offense in his career.
“I think you have to adjust your scheme to what you have. There are some coaches I want to bring in. We have a plan, we just need to go out there and execute,” he stated.
In his last two years as the defensive coordinator at Beauregard, his defense allowed 19.75 points per game in 2017 and 17.07 in 2016. Both teams made deep runs in the Class 5A state tournament and combined for a 23-3 record.