Mark Smith Leaving Liberty To Return Home

Just three months after leading the Liberty Lions to a 6A State Championship, head coach Mark Smith is leaving the west Valley power. Smith is returning to his home state to take a head coaching position in Shelton, Washington multiple sources confirmed to

Smith, who has over 30 years of coaching experience in Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota, took over the Peoria program before the 2015 season. He finished his first year 4-7 but went 4-1 in section play.

He followed that up with a 7-4 2016, then went 31-8 over his final three seasons at Liberty.

“Lion Nation, thanks for all of your support,” Smith said to shortly after the news broke. “Coach Red.”

The seventh-seeded Lions upset top-seed Red Mountain 34-28 in overtime to claim the title at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on December 6th.