Riverdale Head Coach Moves Back Home

By Chloe Spradley

Over the past few weeks, teacher/coach Jared Smelser made a very hard decision to leave Riverdale Academy. He has been at Riverdale for 4 years, and during that time, he has been the history teacher of 9th – 12th grade, baseball coach, and head football coach. He led the football team in 4 district championships, 3 semi final appearances, and 1 state runner up title, ending his career at Riverdale with a record of 42-15.

I got the chance to ask Coach Jared about his time at Riverdale, and this is what he had to say:   “My family and I are truly blessed to have been a part of a loving and caring community. Riverdale and Red River have done everything possible to make us feel at home and feel loved. We have invested so much time and love for our kids, school, coworkers and community, and they have reciprocated. This was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make as a family but felt this is the direction that God was leading us to. We will always have a special place in our hearts for this community and its schools. Goodbyes are never easy, especially this one.”

He and his family will be dearly missed by all the Riverdale community. There’s never a dull moment with him, as he brings smiles to everyone’s faces and always knows how to lighten the mood.

Coach Jared is a very loving father to his son Cybastian, and wife Cymantha. Everyone will miss seeing them on the sidelines, cheering on our Rebels.

Please pray for the Smelser family as they continue this new chapter of their life!