John Smith, a 2002 Magnolia graduate, has been named to take over Magnolia High School’s baseball program following the retirement of legendary coach Dave Cisar. On Monday, January 24, the Wetzel County School Board unanimously approved Smith as the new head coach at Magnolia High School. Smith was a former standout player under Coach Cisar from 1999 to 2002 and later joined the Blue Eagles coaching staff as Cisar’s assistant from 2014 to 2018. John also excelled on the football pitch for the Blue Eagles.
Smith is employed as an FFA teacher at Magnolia High School and resides in New Martinsville with his wife Ashley and their three children Chance (8), Emery (4) and Ella (2).
John’s coaching experience has been led by some of the most successful coaches in the valley and the state. He was an assistant in 2008 under another legendary coach Bob Montgomery at John Marshall, 2009-2011 at Cameron High School under Eric James, and assisted coach Cisar from 2014-2018.
Smith also served as a high school baseball umpire in 2004-07, took a few years off, then returned to umpiring from 2019-2021.
“I am honored to be named the new coach of Magnolia. Magnolia baseball and the discipline that Coach Cisar demanded of us played a huge role in the person I have become. shoes that I can’t even begin to think I can fill.” said Smith. “With only 5 returning players, we are going to be young and inexperienced. There is some excitement in the new kids coming out, but with that will come a lot of fundamentals that will need to be taught.
Coach Smith said his goal for the program is to get heavily involved in the youth program to help build the program. “It will be good to see these kids move from little league to high school. I will be able to work with coaches to develop habits that are consistent with what we want to see at the high school level,” added Smith. “I really think the future is bright for Magnolia Baseball.”