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Larry Smith 

Central High School was in a class all by itself during Larry Smith's eight seasons as the boys' coach. The Wildcats were known as the untouchables as they never lost a game against a Lauderdale County apponent during Smith's career. Central won eight county championships and posted an overall record of 198-48. He took three teams to the state tournament at a time when only region champions participated. Two of his teams advanced to the state semifinals and another made it to the champion­ship game. He was the state 3A Coach of the Year in 1978, and coached the North All-Star Team. 

His first head basketball job was at Lauderdale County where he produced a 14-7 record in a pro­gram that won only three games combined in the previous two seasons. He graduated from Coffee High School in 1967 and averaged 16 points per game as a senior, while being selected to the All-Tennessee Valley Conference and All-Quad Cities Teams. He earned a scholarship to UNA where he was a four-year starter and named to the all­conference team three times. He broke the school record for points in a single game with 55, while leading the Li­ons in scoring and free throw percentage. He was inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, and was principal at Lexington High School for ten years.