Sunday, December 2, 2012
At all hours, Feehan's Smith dedicated to craft
By Corey J. Allen
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Coach Curtis Smith is a Super Bowl champion coach, but he is also a father and a lab technician. With the varied duties that he takes on between September and December are not easy, as Smith stretches himself thin to meet personal and professional responsibilities, but with a strong support system at home, he is able to impact folks from Fall River at St. Ann’s Hospital to Bishop Feehan in Attleboro.
“It’s all worth it when it comes down to this,” said Mrs. Kristie Smith, coach Smith’s wife, waving her hand at the scholar athletes celebrating their Super Bowl victory with family, friends and each other. “It is a grueling few months. We have lots of family and lots of friends to help us out and Curt is there whenever he can be.”
A graveyard shift worker (10:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.), Curt Smith is wide awake when most of the folks in the Eastern Standard Time Zone are counting sheep. After work, he drives home, rests a bit, then out to Bishop Feehan in the early afternoon where he resumes his duties as a football coach, watching film, running practice and meeting with his coaches. All of this is not without harm to Smith, as he admittedly struggles by the time the season is over with fatigue.
“By the end of the four months, I’m really running on empty,” said Smith. “But the kids energize me, the school energizes me, my fellow coaches energize me. I’m blessed. Even though it’s difficult, I’m blessed to be where I am.”
While Smith works at St. Ann’s Hospital as a medical technician in the emergency room, he believes that the relationships he develops while in his coaching capacity at Feehan are more intense than those at the hospital.
“The bonds that I make with my coaches, the bonds that I have with the kids, hopefully, I make these guys understand work ethic and hard work. They come to us as boys and they leave as good men.”
One of those boys who became men are Jacob Curren, an assistant principal under Smith as well as a social studies teacher at Bishop Feehan. During Curren’s freshman year, Smith took a leave of absence from the program to help Mrs. Smith with their surprise from the stork. The lessons that Curren picked up while a player he has brought to the coaching side, while as a coach, he is still learning loads from Smith.
“His knowledge of football is so immense and deep. I’ve learned a lot,” said Curren. “I thought I knew a lot about football before I came and started working for coach Smith, but I realized I didn’t. I’ve got a lot to learn.”
On a personal level, Smith has deeply touched senior standout Matthew Glebus, who had 8 carries on the day for 25 yards.
“I’ve learned to have character, do what’s right, when no one’s looking,” said Glebus of lessons he’s picked up from Smith. “He’s really carried this team and I couldn't picture it without him.”
Although it is not easy, Mrs. Smith and the family sacrifice for a few months not just for the folks that coach Smith serves, but also for coach Smith. When all is said and done, he has an understanding family with whom he shares a great amount of love and understand his passions.
“I think he does what he loves,” glowed Mrs. Smith with a ear-to-ear smile or her face. “He’s done a great job with all of these kids. With his kids especially, he’s done a great job with them. In my eyes, he is a celebrity.”