Bill Smith Retires After 29 Years At Aldine

Bill Smith, Aldine's legendary football coach of 29 seasons, has retired from the game. He has spent 39 years with the Aldine school district and became the school's football coach in 1975.

His 1990 team was rated as the best in the country. He retires with a 237-96-6 record. It was in the late 1980s and early 1990s that the Mustangs enjoyed their most success under Smith. The 1989 team fell to Odessa Permian in the last Class 5A championship before the two-division format was installed. In 1990, the Mustangs outscored foes 620-193 in a 15-game season that culminated with a "regular school" championship win by 27-10 against Arlington Lamar.

Long-time football coach Marty Criswell was reassigned by Bryan High School. He was 64-65 in a 12-year career at Bryan that began in 1992. Six of his teams reached the playoffs, and he won district titles in 1995 and 1997-99. Prior to Bryan, Criswell posted an 89-44 mark in 11 years at Denison, including a Class 4A state championship in 1984. Criswell's 1999 Bryan team went 8-5 and reached the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals, the school's best-ever post-season showing.

Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt football Lewis Hayes resigned after four seasons at the helm of the Chaparrals. Wyatt was winless in Hayes' last season. In 2000, his first season, Wyatt reached the third round of the Class 4A playoffs, the school's best finish in 11 years. Hayes, who also coached at Fort Worth Dunbar, Fort Worth Western Hills and Wilmer-Hutchins, ended his four-year run with a 17-26 record.

Bill Henly resigned from Dalhart as head football coach and athletic director at the end of the 2003-04 school year. Henly went 23-41 in six seasons with the Wolves, and reached the playoffs in 1999, 2000 and 2003. Dalhart finished 6-5, 3-2 this past season and fell to Littlefield, 21-12, in the first round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs. Henly spent 27 years as an assistant coach, mostly at Amarillo Tascosa, before getting his first head coaching job at Dalhart.

RECRUITING NOTES

Keller defensive end Shawn Bednarczuk has given an oral commitment to play football at Texas State. Bednarczuk, 6-3, 240, also considered SMU.

Pearland defensive end Cyril Obiozor has given an oral commitment to play football at Texas A&M. He had also considered Oklahoma State. Obiozor, 6-4, 236, was a first-team all-district 23-5A pick this year with 65 tackles and six sacks.


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