ATHENS, Texas — Former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College player and head coach, Sherard Poteete, will be formally introduced at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 11, as the 17th head football coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Poteete, 39, has been promoted from offensive coordinator with the Cardinals to head coach.

He replaces Brad Smiley, who resigned to accept the offensive coordinator position at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Smiley leaves after 11 seasons as the all-time winningest head football coach in school history and as the longest-tenured, along with the late Carl Andress.

This past season with Poteete at the offensive controls, Trinity Valley finished ranked No. 6 in the final NJCAA poll with a 9-3 record.

The Cardinals tied NEO and Blinn College for first place in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with a 5-2 record.

Trinity Valley dropped a 26-20 decision to the NEO Golden Norsemen in the SWJCFC Championship game at Athens’ Bruce Field.

The Cardinals defeated Garden City, Kansas, 48-41, in the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl.

Poteete’s offense ranked No. 17 in the nation averaging 427.5 total yards per game.

He returned to Athens after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as offensive coordinator for Southeast Missouri State University, where he also coached the team's quarterbacks.

Prior to joining the staff at SEMO in December of 2012, he was the head football coach for one season (2012) at Northeastern A&M.

During Poteete's previous tenure at Trinity Valley, the Cardinals were one of the SWJCFC's and NJCAA's most explosive offenses, finishing at or near the top of the conference in total offense, scoring offense and both passing and rushing offense.

Before coming to Athens, Poteete spent six seasons at Louisiana College in several roles for the Wildcats. From 2007 to 2009, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, in 2006 he was the team's passing game coordinator and special teams coordinator, and from 2002 to 2003 was the receiver's coach.

Poteete also spent some time coaching in the high school ranks at Timpson High School where he was the school's quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in 2004-05.

As a player, Poteete was highly decorated as the Gateway Conference Newcomer of the Year and an All-Conference selection at Southern Illinois University.

Known for playing with attitude, he took home the "Toughest Saluki" award his senior year.

At NEO, Poteete led the Norseman to the 1999 SWJCFC region championship and an appearance in the 1999 Red River Bowl.

Originally from Tulsa, the former Union High School quarterback was all-district, all state and selected to participate in the Oil Bowl all star game.