LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Officials with Kentucky State University say they’ve parted ways with Coach John L. Smith.

After a 9-25 season, officials say they’re looking to take the football program in a new direction.

“I want to thank Coach Smith for bringing his time, talents and his dedication to the Hill and the football student-athletes at Kentucky State University and for his sincere commitment to higher education and ‘Life in the Balance,’” Kentucky State University Director of Athletics Etienne M. Thomas said in a statement. “I have enjoyed the brief time we have served together at Kentucky State and pray for all God’s blessings for he and his family in this next chapter.”

Smith, who has 40 years of coaching experience, also had stops at Michigan State, Arkansas, Utah State and Idaho.

He was also served as head coach of the University of Louisville from 1998 to 2002.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Westin will serve as interim head coach.