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Posted September 25, 2012
Smith returning to lead Lisbon wrestling

It appears Brad Smith is back.

Back coaching wrestling, and back where he started his Hall of Fame legacy.

Lisbon school district officials announced Tuesday that Smith has accepted the head wrestling coaching position. Smith takes over for Jamie Kamberling, who resigned earlier this month.

A phone call to Smith was not immediately returned. Lisbon Athletics Director Jim Schultz said he is not directly involved in the process, but confirmed that Lisbon High School Principal Ian Dye informed him that Smith was offered the position and accepted.

“It is factual,” Schultz said. “Nothing becomes official until the school board approves it.”

Schultz said he thought the next school board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8.

Smith, who retired from his teaching and coaching position at Iowa City High at the end of the 2011-12 school year, led the Lisbon program for 13 years before taking over the Little Hawk program in 1991.

Smith guided Lisbon to 10 state titles, completing traditional and duals state championship sweeps in 1987 and 1988.

He coached 41 state champions, 124 state medalists and 222 state qualifiers in more than 30 years of coaching. Among those were three four-time state champions. Two of them – Scott Morningstar (final two years) and Shane Light – were during his first stint at Lisbon.

Smith, 58, the 142-pound NCAA champion in 1976 and three-time letterwinner for Dan Gable at the University of Iowa, ranks third in state history with 463 dual victories. In 1982 and 1983, Smith coached four individuals to state titles. Five other years he had three individual champs.

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