Smart steps down as Northside baseball coach

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – David Smart said on Thursday night that he is stepping down as Northside's head baseball coach. Smart made the announcement at the teams end-of-season banquet.

He said that he is stepping away from the diamond to spend more time with his family.

Smart became head baseball coach at Northside in 2009, posting a record of 94-77, including two 20-win seasons, taking the Patriots to the playoffs four times.

His best two seasons were his first two, when Northside advanced to the state quarterfinals. After missing the post-season two straight seasons, the Patriots returned to the playoffs each of the past two years.

Smart spent ten seasons as pitching coach at Columbus High School, where he earned Georgia Assistant Coach of the Year honors six times.

Smart will remain at Northside as a teacher, and will be the defensive line coach for the Patriots football team.