Henry County Public Schools announced Thursday the hiring of Kyana Smith as the new head varsity girls basketball coach at Magna Vista High School.
Smith replaces longtime coach Vicky Hayes at the helm of the program. Hayes stepped down from the position back in March following the team’s third trip to the VHSL Class 3 state tournament in the previous four years.
“We felt that Coach Smith’s experience within our program and her passion for developing fundamentally strong athletes made her a strong fit for our girls basketball team,” said Magna Vista Principal Charles Byrd.
“I’m humbled to have been selected as the new Head Girls’ Basketball Coach for Magna Vista. I’m grateful to Mr. Byrd for entrusting me with the task of coaching and leading the most prestigious girls’ basketball program in the area,” Smith said in a press release sent by HCPS.
Smith was traveling and unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Smith has served as the school’s head athletic trainer the past five years, but spent some time while at Magna Vista volunteering as a coach for the girls’ junior varsity team. Smith played collegiately at Averett University, where she graduated in 2012.
“My experience with Kyana has been that she’s very dedicated to whatever she’s doing and she really has the best internets of the students in mind,” Byrd said.
Magna Vista graduated two seniors from this past season – Kayla Cabiness and Shania Deshazo – but return a strong core that have all gained state tournament experience the past three seasons. Mackenzie Hairston and Ja’liah Wilson will be seniors that have each seen the state championship stage, and Ta’Nashia Hairston, Millayna Redd and SaNai Hairston-Williams all played roles as freshmen this past season.
“I’m eager to continue to build upon the foundation that has been laid before me. We have tremendous talent returning to the program and I’m excited to see what the season and future of the program will hold,” Smith said in the release.
“The committee felt that they picked the best candidate for our student athletes and Magna Vista High School,” Byrd said.