Francis J. “Mickey” Smith

Mickey taught and coached at Glen Rock High School for 25 years and was a key driver in the establishment and development of the high standards and distinct culture of our athletic programs.

Smith’s state champion 1960 football squad put the school on the map in NJ interscholastic sports. He was a long time cross country coach and also coached baseball and basketball. He also served the broader community as director of the Boys Club and summer recreation program.

Mickey attended Williamstown (MA) High School and later coached and taught there for ten years. He was a big part of the town’s sports scene as player-manager of the local semi-pro baseball team and recreation director.

Coach Smith earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Springfield College where he played three varsity sports: football, basketball and baseball (captain), and later became assistant baseball coach.

Mickey served his country for thirty months during WWII in the V Bomber Command of the 5th Air Force. First Lieutenant Smith was honorably discharged at the end of 1945, having seen extensive action in the Pacific war against Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star (for bravery under fire) and eight Bronze Battle Stars for various campaigns in New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and Okinawa.

The Coach has been happily retired in Williamstown for 30 years and enjoys travel, his garden and activities at Williams College.