The Knox County Historical Society will be hosting the second induction class for the Knox County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Among the eight inductees is Don Smith ’86.
Smith, a 1982 Fredericktown graduate, passed up national signing day his senior year to wait on an appointment to West Point. Once there, he helped revitalize an Army team that had gone 12-28-4 in the preceding four years. His last 2 years he helped the Black Knights compile a 17-6-1 record and beat Michigan State and Illinois in bowl games. Don became Army’s first 1st-team All-American since 1968, and in November of 2022 he was given the ultimate recognition: induction into the West Point Athletic Hall of Fame where post-playing accomplishments are as important as on-field ones.