Lansing Everett has hired Mike Smith away from Eaton Rapids to become its new athletic director.

Smith starts in his new role at Everett High School on Monday. He has resigned as head coach of Eaton Rapids football.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, and I get a chance to lead a different way and maybe impact some more lives," Smith said Wednesday on 'Beyond The Game' on The Game 730 AM WVFN.

Smith had been at Eaton Rapids since 2013. He won district championships his first two seasons, delivering the Greyhounds their first-ever playoff win. He finished 25-26 in five seasons.

He had previous coaching stints with Holt and Olivet College. Smith had also served as an assistant coach with Grand Ledge.

Having coached football in some form for 40 years, Smith said he will miss being on the sidelines.

"There's nothing better than a Friday night," he said. "I was humbled to think I played a small part in that every Friday night."

Smith did not rule out the possibility of taking over Everett's vacant head football coach position, or even joining the staff of a new head coach for the Vikings.

"I would be open to having that conversation," he said.