Tilghman introduces Smith as football coach

Paducah Tilghman introduced Jonathan Smith as their new head football coach on Tuesday.

Smith stepped in on an interim basis after Steve Duncan stepped down in July after suffering a minor stroke. Smith led the Blue Tornado to nine wins and the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. He called last season a learning experience, but it was an experience he thinks will serve him well moving forward.

“I made a ton of mistakes in my first-ever run at it,” Smith said. “I’ll be the first one to admit that. I admitted that to the guys all the time. But at the same time, I was never afraid to admit that. I think the guys saw that and knew the genuineness behind it because I was trying to be honest. That’s all part of the maturation process, for me as a person and as a football coach.”

Tilghman’s nine wins last year were the most in a season since 2011.