Rick Smith (American football, born 1948)

Richard David Smith (born March 13, 1948) is a former American college football coach. He was formerly the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at East Carolina University (ECU), a position he held until December 2016. Smith retired after 36 years as a coach. 8 of them at ECU.

Rick Smith
Biographical details
Born (1948-03-13) March 13, 1948 (age 71)
Tallahassee, Florida
Alma materFlorida State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1973Amos P. Godby HS (FL) (Assistant)
1975–1976Wakulla HS (FL)
1979–1981East Tennessee State (DB)
1982Marianna HS (FL)
1983–1985Georgia Tech (LB)
1986Alabama (DB)
1987–1989Baylor (DB)
1990–1996Kentucky (DB)
1997–1998Tulane (DC)
1999-2000Cincinnati (DC)
2001Kentucky (AHC/DB/RC)
2002–2003Louisiana Tech (Co-DC/DB)
2004Berlin Thunder (DB)
2005–2006East Carolina (DB)
2007–2009East Carolina (AHC/DB)
2010–2012South Florida (AHC/DB)
2013–2015East Carolina (DC/DB)
2016East Carolina (DB)

Early life and educationEdit

Smith is a graduate of Florida State University.

Coaching careerEdit

Smith coached the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team as head coach of the junior varsity team in 1977, then joined the staff at East Tennessee State University for the 1978 season before becoming a high school head coach. He then returned to Georgia Tech as linebackers coach in 1982 and as secondary and punters coach in 1983–1985. In 1986, Smith was the defensive backs coach for the University of Alabama and he held the same position at Baylor University from 1987 through 1989.

From 1990 through 1995, Smith was the defensive backs coach at the University of Kentucky and became defensive coordinator there in 1996 under head coach Bill Curry. From 1997 through 1998, he was the defensive coordinator for Tulane University, which went undefeated in 1998. Smith then became defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati in 1999 and 2000, before returning to Kentucky as defensive backs coach in 2001.

Smith then was the co-defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech University in 2002 and 2003. He spent one year as the defensive backs coach for the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe in 2004; the Thunder won the World Bowl that season. Smith became the defensive secondary coach for East Carolina University in 2005 and followed head coach Skip Holtz to the University of South Florida in 2010.