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Fired Coach Rehired to Teach at H-F High This Fall

Will he return to the basketball court?

Fired Coach Rehired to Teach at H-F High This Fall

Anthony Smith will be back in the classroom at Homewood-Flossmoor High School this fall.

Whether he will be back on the basketball court coaching the girls team is not known.

The Board of Education on Tuesday night decided Smith — who was fired in April as both a teacher and coach over a recruiting scandal — could return to school as a health and driver's education teacher at a salary of $81,446.

The IHSA cleared Smith in late April to return to coaching after investigating allegations he recruited his top summer league players from Bolingbrook to attend Homewood-Flossmoor High School. H-F students filed a lawsuit against the school, which was dropped in March.

On Tuesday night, the district released a statement:

“Smith is a top-level coach, who is inspiring, motivating and devoted to his players, as well as his students in the classroom,” the statement reads. “After reviewing all information and considering the views of many different stakeholders, the board is confident that this (allowing him to again teach) is the right decision for Homewood-Flossmoor students, athletes and the greater community.

“Our focus now is on the implementation of a comprehensive plan to remedy areas of noncompliance and to ensure agreement with IHSA rules moving forward.”

— via Sun-Times Media

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