Tattnall hires Smith to take over basketball program

jheeter@macon.comMay 15, 2014 

Jarvis Smith was named new head boys basketball coach at Tattnall on May 15, 2014. Smith previously coached at Robert Toombs and Brewton-Parker College.

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Jarvis Smith, the former head coach at Brewton-Parker College and Robert Toombs Christian Academy, is the new head boys basketball coach at Tattnall Square, the school announced Thursday.

Smith won a GISA Class A state championship at Robert Toombs in 2006, his first year at the school. He added another by winning a GISA Class AA title in 2010.

He then spent two years as the head mens basketball coach at his alma mater Brewton-Parker.

“Coach Smith brings a wealth of experience and expertise to TSA,” Tattnall head of school Brenda Shuman-Riley said.

Smith replaces Edwin Cook, whose contract wasn’t renewed despite leading Tattnall to the GISA Class AAA Final Four in March.

Smith made quite an impact as a rookie coach. Robert Toombs won all three of its games in the 2006 state playoffs by less than 10 points. Smith and the Crusaders made quite the impression in December 2006, when they advanced to the championship game of the Tattnall Square Christmas Tournament after beating Tattnall and Central Fellowship. The Crusaders lost to Glenwood (Alabama) in the championship game.

Smith led the Crusaders to a 61-56 win over Arlington Christian in the 2010 championship game.

He went 108-39 at Robert Toombs, according to a Brewton-Parker media guide.

Smith coached with the Gwinnett Majic of the World Basketball Association. The Majic won two league championships. The league consists of four teams from Georgia, two from South Carolina and another from North Carolina.

Tattnall has talent returning as it enters the GHSA next year. Starters Will Trevitt, Aubrien Kemp and Ahmad Barron were all underclassmen in 2013-14. Trevitt and Kemp were both All-Middle Georgia first team selections. The Trojans lost to Stratford in the Region 2-AAA championship game in February, and they lost to the Eagles again in the state semifinals at Mercer.

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