WV Wesleyan football coach steps down


West Virginia Wesleyan College announced Thursday morning that head football coach Del Smith has resigned.

According to a news release from the college, Smith resigned “to pursue new career endeavors.”

Smith has spent the last three years at the helm of the Bobcats, going 10-23 during that span.  Nearly half of the 23 losses were by less than five points, college officials pointed out.

“We are immensely grateful for the leadership Del has provided to our program,” said Wesleyan President Dr. Joel Thierstein.  

Smith’s coaches and players also made a tremendous investment serving Upshur County and the state of West Virginia through various community service initiatives, according to the college release.

“He recruited quality student-athletes and worked very hard to ensure our football program exemplified the mission of the College.  We wish him great success,” Thierstein said.

Before his stint at Wesleyan, Smith was the defensive coordinator at Bridgewater College in Virginia (Division III) and spent several years as a high school coach in Virginia.

Smith, who was a 2005 graduate of WVWC, played on the Bobcats 2002 and 2003 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Championship teams.

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