TULSA — Ron Smith’s return to coaching was a successful one. After initially retiring after stepping down at Bartlesville, Smith returned to coaching at Victory Christian in 2015, and the Conquerors never missed a beat.
Smith, though, has stepped down at Victory Christian after a three-year run saw him go 32-6.
“We are very thankful for the tremendous three years Coach Smith has led our program,” Victory Christian athletic director Ryan Wakley said Monday. “We wish him all the best as he moves forward.”
After former head coach Brent Marley took the head coaching position at Rejoice Christian, Smith stepped in and guided the Conquerors to three straight playoff appearances.
In 2016, Smith coached Victory Christian to its seventh district championship in program history, with a 14-10 win over district — and intra-city — rival Holland Hall in the final week of the regular season. The Conquerors then made their to the Class 2A championship game, where they lost to Millwood.
In Smith’s final season at Victory Christian, the Conquerors went 10-2 and were eliminated from the 2A playoffs with a second-round loss to Vian.
Smith’s overall coaching record stands at 125-70.
Wakley said a coaching search will be begin immediately.
“It is our goal to move swiftly and locate the coach we believe will best fit our program’s needs and vision for the coming years,” he said. “We view this hire as paramount to taking our Conqueror culture to the next level.”