Jonas Smith addresses not being approved as the new Wayne High School athletic director. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“God has a plan for all of us and this was not in His plan for me”

The following is an email statement by Jonas Smith concerning the Huber Heights City Schools board of education decision to rescind an offer to Smith as the new Wayne High School athletic director.

Nate Baker was approved by the board on Tuesday night as AD. Baker will resign from a similar role at Yellow Springs High School to become Wayne’s AD.

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Smith intends to remain in a dual position of Director of Athletics for Activities Beyond the Classroom/Athletic Director at Cincinnati Withrow High School. A Jefferson High School graduate and former Broncos girls basketball coach, Smith spent 12 years as the Dayton Public Schools director of athletics from 2004-16.

“I feel blessed and highly favored. I just finished up my 23rd year as an AD and I believe my record speaks for itself. I have been an advocate for children my entire career.

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“I have accomplished a lot throughout the years such as being nationally certified as an AD, being a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Athletic Board from 2011-16, the OHSAA (board of directors) from 2013-15, serving as (the Southwest District) president from 2014-15, and I still serve at the state level on the OHSAA Foundation Board of Trustees, Competitive Balance Committee and Diversity Committee.

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“I want to make it very clear that I was not out looking for a new job. I am extremely happy in Cincinnati as the Director of Athletics for Activities Beyond the Classroom/Athletic Director for Withrow High School which I will continue. I received several calls from people in the Dayton area including people in Huber Heights asking me to apply for the AD position at (Wayne), which I did not do until the very last day of the posting.

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“I believe God has a plan for all of us and this was not in His plan for me. God does not make mistakes!”

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