Smith steps down at Riverview

Jason Smith is presented with the Silver Division trophy by Saladino Tournament founder, Tony Saladino last spring. (813Preps file photo, Lily Belcher)

By Jarrett Guthrie, Editor

RIVERVIEW – Jason Smith informed 813Preps on Wednesday that he has stepped down as the head baseball coach at Riverview High.

Smith has led the Sharks for three seasons – his tenure at Riverview highlighted by a Saladino Tournament Silver Bracket championship win in 2023; he previously served as the baseball coach at Chamberlain (2016-19).

Smith said of the decision, “it was time. My heart is pulling me to other goals in my life.”

In a text exchange he continued: “I’ve poured my heart and soul into Chambo (Chamberlain) and the View (Riverview).”

Adding: “It’s always been about the boys to me. How can I make them better young men, students, people and players? I love my kids, they have been everything to me in my coaching career. I will always be their greatest fan.”

This leaves Riverview without a coach just 18 days ahead of the FHSAA-allowed Arm Care Conditioning program, and two months shy of the start of the Spring Season.

Smith shared no specific information on a plan moving forward for the school in finding his replacement, but speculated that a posting should hit the county job website before the winter break.

“Our administration is working hard to find a new coach. I’ve spoken to the boys about the ‘off-season’ approaching and we’re working on a plan until the new coach is in place,” he said. “I stepped down but they’re not abandoned. I’m still here for them and will help any way I can until they find a replacement.”

A voicemail was left with Riverview’s athletic director Michael Warren, and we will update this story after we hear back from the school.