Marcello Royal named new head football coach at Ben L. Smith High School

Marcello Royal has been named the head football coach at Ben L. Smith High School…

Coach Royal comes to Smith, from Southern Durham High School where he was the offensive coordinator and his Southern Durham team went (10-2) last season….
(Southern Durham was the #3 seed in the 3-AA East Bracket, for the 2019 NCHSAA Football playoffs….Southern Durham with 1,672 yards passing and 2,158 yards rushing in 2019…44 Touchdowns for Southern Durham in 2019, with 179.8 rushing yards per game and 148.8 receiving yards per game.)

Coach Royal has also been an assistant coach at Durham Hillside High School…

Marcello Royal is from California, and he came to North Carolina, as the assistant defensive backs coach at N.C. Central University…

Coach Royal was also and assistant coach at Vista High School in California in 2007 and he worked Summer football camps at the University of California-Berkeley in 2006 and 2007…

Coach Royal is a graduate of Cal State University Hayward, where he earned his communications degree in 2001….

Royal also earned master’s degrees from the University of Arizona(2003) and from Azusa Pacific University(2007)…

From 1998-2000 Coach Royal was an assistant coach at Chabot Community College in Hayward California…

Strong background inside and outside the classroom for Coach Marcello Royal….

Click Below for his introduction at Ben L. Smith High School this afternoon….

The introductory remarks that were given today, as Smith head football coach Marcello prepared to speak with those assembled today, at Ben L. Smith High School:

After a long and extensive search, Ben L Smith is proud to announce that Marcello Royal will be the new head football coach at Ben L Smith High School. Coach Royal brings 25 years of coaching experience to Ben L Smith. He has coached in every position on the offensive side of the ball. He is coming to Smith from Southern Durham High School where he served as offensive coordinator.

His offense last year averaged 33.1 points a game and helped Southern Durham to a 10-2 record and a #3 seed in the 3AA NCHSAA playoffs.

Coach Royal quote “The Will to Win means nothing without the will to prepare “will be the new standard for which he will build this program. He plans to help restore pride in the football program and the community by building a program that produces a championship culture by teaching his players how to Climb: Challenge. Learn. Inspire. Master. Believe”.

Click Below for Ben L. Smith head football coach Marcello Royal, as he addresses the group gathered today at Smith High School, on Holden Road…..


  1. Seems like a good coach, but there has been great coaches at smith, the problem with smith is never the coaches it is the lack of resources and support.

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