The Coronado Mustang standouts join eight others in the class including Caylene Caddell (Estacado - Girls Track Coach), James Odom (Monterey - Football Coach), James Collins (Estacado - Track), Pete Ragus (LISD - Athletic Director), Joe Michalka (Monterey - Boys' Basketball Coach), Prenis Williams (Dunbar - Football & Track Coach), the 1951 Lubbock High Boys' Basketball State Championship team and the 1957 Dunbar Boys' Basketball State Championship team.
The class is set for induction on June 21 at the Overton Hotel.
Mike Smith was a two-sport athlete in both baseball and football at Coronado High School from 1997-2000. He was the first person to be named All-State in two sports at Coronado. He was a two-time All-District Player, and in 1999 was named Defensive Player of the Year in the district. In addition to district honors, he also made the All-State Football team in 1999.
He played varsity baseball from 1998-2000, and was named District 3-5A player of the year in both 1999 and 2000. THSBCA named him an All-State player in 1999 and 2000 as well. In 1999, Smith set a Coronado record for most runs scored (47) and most hits (56), a record that stood until 2011. He was the MVP for the Texas Team in the Senior Sunbelt Classic in 2000. He remains in the top 10 for career batting average at Coronado (.459).
He received a football scholarship to Texas Tech University and played from 2000-2004. After his first season at Texas Tech, he was named to the All Big-12 Freshman Team. He was named All Big-12 after his sophomore season. His junior year, he served as a team captain and was the Texas Tech linebacker of the year. His senior year, he was named Team MVP, retained captainship and was named the Texas Tech Linebacker of the Year again. In addition, he received the E.J. Holub Award, and was named All Big 12 for third time in his career. He finished his collegiate career with 8th in all time tackles, and 2nd in all time career starts for the Red Raiders.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the seventh round, 248 overall. He played four years with the Ravens, and after his career in the NFL he went to become the linebacker coach at the University of Hawaii. He was on the defensive staff for the New York Jets for the 2011-2012 seasons. Currently, he serves as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Texas Tech.
Kevin Curtis played football for Coronado High School from 1995-1998. He was a three-sport athlete in football, baseball and basketball. As a two-way player, Curtis helped the Mustangs clinch a regional championship in 1996 as both the starting quarterback and a defensive back. He helped Coronado to an 18-6 record over two seasons. During his senior season, he was named first team All-District and would receive an athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University.
At Texas Tech, he played safety from 1998-2002 and was named a second team All-American during his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the All Big-12 Team three times. During the 1999 season, he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following a Red Raider win against Colorado. Prior to the 2000 season, he was named to the Jim Thorpe watch-list, which was awarded to the top defensive back in college football.
Curtis went on to play football professionally for San Francisco, Green Bay, Oakland, and Houston. After his career in the NFL, he started his coaching career at Navarro Junior College in 2008 as the cornerbacks coach. From 2010-2012, he was the cornerbacks coach at Louisiana Tech under Sonny Dykes. Currently, he is the cornerbacks coach at Texas Tech.