LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – For the past 20 years, Boyle Co. has been one of the most consistent football programs in Kentucky. The architect of the Rebels dynasty is back on the sidelines this fall.
Chuck Smith, who left to coach the linebackers at UK, returns to Danville where it all started for him.
"I don't accept losing very well at all,” he said. “It's pressure that I put on myself and I'll always do that as long as I am coaching. I think that is what competitive people do anyway."
Smith took a program from the ground up in 1992 and in seven seasons turned Boyle County into a juggernaut. Now, Smith is hoping to do it again. But it will take time.
"It did. It's a lot of time and it's a lot of commitment to play the game the way it is supposed to be played, and to prepare for the games the way they are supposed to be prepared for,” Smith said.
“So it's been a feeling out period. At some point we’re all going to come together and we're all going to get it and be on the same page. But I think, right now, it's been kind of a feeling out period for both me as a coach and them as a team."
The Rebels have the most work to do on the defensive side of the ball.
"We don't have a great deal of size, but we've got a bunch of guys who want to win,” Smith said.
“We have to have everybody to the ball. If we don't, there will be consequences and we've already seen that going through practices,” linebacker Aiden Stewart-Hoskins said. “We will have 11 hats to the ball."
Since 1988, Boyle Co. has failed to play for a region title just four times.
"I just want to get where they need to get and I like it done yesterday,” Smith said.