BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - It's not official yet, but it appears the University of Georgia will hire Bainbridge native Kirby Smart as the Bulldogs' new head football coach.
Smart is currently the defensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. He has been with Alabama for nine seasons under Nick Saban.
"This is such a big, big deal in Bainbridge Georgia, to see one of our own elevated to that position," said Bainbridge High School Athletic Director Stan Killough.
Kirby Smart is expected to be officially named the UGA coach after sometime after Saturday's SEC championship game between Alabama and Florida.
Smart went to Bainbridge High where he played basketball, football, and baseball.
He was an all-around athlete who didn't just have the physical talent, but also had the brains to match.
"I told people that Kirby was probably the son that every dad wanted," said Killough. "He was salutatorian his senior year, great athlete, great personality, great character, he was the guy you wanted your son to be."
Smart followed in the footsteps of his dad, Sonny, who coached for Bainbridge High School.
School administrators are proud to say that he left a great example for high school students who want to follow their dreams.
"Kirby represents Bainbridge, represents Decatur County and if he can go that far anyone surely can, with hard work, dedication, and commitment. It hasn't come easy but Kirby is not taking an easy path," said Bainbridge High principal Tommie Howell.