July 21, 2024

Home between the hedges: Tour Mary Beth and Kirby Smart’s Athens house

They may bleed red and black, but this home is largely gray and green

As head coach of a college football team, Kirby Smart has a wide spectrum of duties; apparently, so does his house. The Smarts’ newly remodeled Athens home not only accommodates day-to-day family life, but it also serves as a place to entertain potential players and other VIPs integral to the University of Georgia football machine. “It makes recruits feel like they’re part of the Bulldog family when you let them come into your house,” says Kirby, UGA head coach since December 2015. These officially sanctioned visits with prospects and their parents might include playing games with the three Smart children, enjoying an informal meal, or admiring sports memorabilia.

All this takes place in the football wing of the house, as the new Smart abode has both a work and a personal side. “We had a set of unique needs for this home, which is one reason it took six months to find,” says Kirby’s wife, Mary Beth. “There are times when we might host players and their families with all the coaches, and 75 people could be here at once.”

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