Mike Smith, the long-time Saline cross country coach who announced his retirement last fall, was named National High School Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The award is presented by the National High School Coaches Association.
Smith coached the Lady Hornets to their 20th straight conference title and 14th straight regional title this fall. Following the season, Smith announced his retirement at the cross country banquet.
Carl Spina, long-time coach of the boys cross country team, was named coach of both the girls and boys teams.
Smith began coaching in Saline in 1977.
“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Smith,” said Bobby Ferraro, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “Coach Smith has established Saline as one of the best cross country programs in Michigan. He’s exhibited a strong dedication to supporting and developing high school student-athletes.”
Smith was also named to the Foundation for Saline Area Schools Hall of Fame last week.