Tates Creek football names DC Jon Smith head coach


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tates Creek football has its sixth head coach in program history.

Jon Smith was officially introduced as the next captain of the Commodores Wednesday.

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Smith was on the staff at TC the past few seasons as the defensive coordinator.  He’s also had stops at Dunbar, West Jessamine and a few places out west in Warren East and Daviess County.

It’s his first gig as the top dog and one he’s excited to have

In his 19th season of coaching, he’s finally able to put to bed any doubt if it would ever happen.

Hear from Smith in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com