RICK SMITH ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/ SECONDARY - East carolina university

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Rick Smith, possesses 35 years of collegiate coaching experience - eight at East Carolina alone - and has directed defenses at the FBS level for nine seasons

PAST COACHING HISTORY

NFL EUROPE : BERLIN THUNDER - SECONDARY - 2004 SEASON

Coach Smith spent one season as the defensive backs coach for the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe in 2004; the Thunder won the World Bowl that season. He helped lead the Thunder to a league - high 15 pass thefts, a 9-1 record and a 30 - 24 World Bowl victory over Frankfurt Galaxy.

EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL - SECONDARY 2005 - 2009

Coach Smith is one of the most highly-respected and experienced defensive minds in college football. While at ECU, he quickly revamped the Pirate defensive backfield, molding a unit that finished the '05 campaign ranked among the nation's top 20 in pass defense, allowing a paltry 184.9 yards per game. In 2006 all four of Smith's starters in the secondary earned All = conference USA honors and set new school single - game and single - season records for most touch downs scored on interception returns. In all, Smith's secondary helped East Carolina to a number two pass defense rank in the explosive and offensive - heavy C-USA statistical standings with a 197.2 ypg mark.

SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL - ASSISTANT HEAD COACH SECONDARY - 2010 - 2012

In 2011, Smith mentored a group that helped USF finish 37th nationally in scoring defense, 39th in total defense and 41st in pass efficiency defense. Under his guidance, both Jerrell Young and Kayvon Webster earned second - team All - Big East honors.

EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL - ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/ DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR 2013 - 2015

Smith exceeded the first-year success he enjoyed in 2005 during his first Pirate tenure with a foundation-building, impacting-producing, bowl-winning second initial campaign in 2013. Under Smith's direction as defensive coordinator, the Pirates surrendered less than 100 rushing yards in six contests alone during the 2013 season, a feat last accomplished in 2009 -- ironically, Smith's final year at ECU during his first stop in Greenville. Smith offered an encore in 2014 by ranking 11th nationally against the run and 13th in defensive third-down percentage, while also standing among the country's top 40 units in interceptions, pass efficiency defense and total defense. The Pirates held seven opponents under triple-digit yardage totals on the ground and featured the nation's ninth-leading tackler in junior linebacker Zeek Bigger, who became the first ECU defender to reach 140 stops since 2003. Nose tackle Terry Williams, linebacker Brandon Williams joined Bigger on the All-American Athletic Conference squad, while corner back Josh Hawkins was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award after topping the secondary with five interceptions and 11 pass breakups.

EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL - ASSISTANT HEAD COACH /SECONDARY 2016 - PRESENT

“Coach [Smith] has a lot of experience, valued experience over thirty years coaching college football. So a person would be naïve not to use that. We think that his knowledge, his experience and him being a humble man is huge,” defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson said. “He’s all about the success of these players and caring about them. For us as a staff that’s the first thing you want is guys who cares about the well being of the players on and off the field.”

- ECU Defensive Coordinator Kenwick Thompson

"Rick’s reputation in college football is held in such high regard and I consider it a privilege to have him on our staff, both from a continuity standpoint and for the values he possesses. It became quite apparent after speaking to many people in and outside our program that Rick is an asset East Carolina could not afford to lose. My discussions with him directly strongly confirmed that we are headed in the same direction.”

- ECU Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery

NOTABLE NFL PLAYERS

Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins developed under Coach Smith from 2013 - 2015. During his senior campaign Josh Hawkins was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, and was signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2016

Mistral Raymond

In his first season he helped tutor senior Mistral Raymond, who was named second - team All - Big East and was selected in the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
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