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Foley Lions

 Lester Smith 

Lester Smith grew up in Foley where he became a star on the field for the Lions. The 1961 season was one of the best in Foley history with Smith behind the controls at quarterback.

The Lions finished the season 10-0 and outscored their opponents 433-6 on their way to being named State Champions by several sources.

Following his playing days at Foley, Smith attended East Mississippi Junior College in 1962-63 and Southeastern Louisiana (1964-67).

After graduation, he coached one year at Hammond High School in Louisiana before returning home to Foley in the fall of 1967.

Smith served as an assistant coach under Ivan Jones for two years before taking over the head coaching duties in 1969.

His record for the next seventeen years was 119-53-2. Coach Smith stepped down as head coach of the Lions and into administration in 1986 as principal, assistant principal and human resources director. In 2001 he returned as head coach for another four seasons.

Smiths overall record at Foley is 127-85-2 in 21 years as the head football coach. His teams won three region titles and qualified for the playoffs four times. They also won five county championships. His 1977 team went 10-0 during the regular season before losing to Sidney Lanier 22-15 in the state playoffs.

He is a member of the Baldwin County Coaches, Baldwin County Middle School Athletic, Foley High School and East Mississippi Community College Athletic Halls of Fame.

Smith was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 2011.

Known Record:  127-85-2   59.9%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Foley2004 6A0-1068284R20-647183
Foley2003 6A2-894326R21-445186
Foley2002 6A3-7191257R21-4113134
Foley2001 6A3-7147269R21-570195
Foley1985 6A7-41961371-12143R42-16916
Foley1984 6A4-5105122R41-22138
Foley1983 4A9-2243780-109R3#4-09929
Foley1982 4A8-219082R33-16428
Foley1981 4A10-23031061-12942R2#7-018529
Foley1980 4A7-3157103R24-39387
Foley1979 4A9-129231R26-118723
Foley1978 4A8-2191118R25-212790
Foley1977 4A10-1243620-11522R2#6-01378
Foley1976 4A8-220874R24-211360
Foley1975 4A8-218468R23-28348
Foley1974 4A7-3183120R23-17549
Foley1973 4A2-8115214
Foley1972 4A7-2-126577
Foley1971 4A7-2-118999
Foley1970 4A2-855228
Foley1969 4A6-4141110
 21 Years127-85-2376029652-46511651-3415281203
 21 Years127-85-2376029652-46511651-3415281203

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