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College: University of Florida, 2007 (BS)
OSU Coaching History:
2012-14: Wide receivers
2015 Media Guide: Zach Smith is in his fourth season as Ohio State’s wide receivers coach, and the 2015 season is his fifth year of coaching in a fulltime capacity on the collegiate level. He’s developing into a fine coach on and off the field. Consider:
• Three of his 2014 receivers – Evan Spencer, Devin Smith and Michael Thomas – were named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference;
• Spencer was a team captain and the team MVP; Smith led the nation in yards per catch (28.2); and Thomas led Ohio State in catches (54);
• Smith’s leading receiver his first two years at Ohio State – Corey Brown – played for the Carolina Panthers as a rookie in 2014 after serving as a team captain and all-Big Ten Conference selection for the Buckeyes. He also was just the second receiver in Ohio State history to record over 60 receptions in back-to-back seasons; and
• On the recruiting trail, Smith was named as a 2015 Top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com – for the second consecutive year – and he was named in 2014 as the Scout.com Big Ten recruiter of the year.
2014 Media Guide: Zach Smith is in his third season as Ohio State’s wide receivers coach, and the 2014 season will be his fifth year of coaching in a fulltime capacity on the collegiate level. And he’s developing into a fine coach on and off the field. Consider:
• His leading receiver the past two years – Corey Brown – was a team captain and all-Big Ten Conference who became just the second receiver in Ohio State history to record over 60 receptions in back-to-back seasons. Brown has since signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers after the NFL Draft;
• His leading returning receiver heading into the 2014 season – Devin Smith – has a chance with a good season to finish among the top two or three Ohio State receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns; and
• On the recruiting trail, Smith was named in 2014 as the Scout.com Big Ten recruiter of the year and by Rivals.com as a Top 25 recruiter.
2012 Media Guide: Zach Smith, who spent five seasons with Urban Meyer at the University of Florida coaching players like Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez and Louis Murphy, is in his first year as Ohio State’s wide receivers coach.
The 2012 season will be Smith’s third year of coaching in a fulltime capacity. He previously had been hired by former Meyer assistants-turned-head coaches Doc Holliday (Marshall) and Steve Addazio (Temple) as wide receivers and special teams coach.
“I know what a quality coach Zach is,” Meyer said. “He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught.”
Smith spent five years as a graduate assistant and quality control assistant for Meyer at Florida, during which time Florida won a pair of national championships while producing some of the best offensive and special teams units in the country. Smith was a special teams quality control coach for three years (2005-07) and an offensive graduate assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He assisted with coaching the UF wide receivers, quarterbacks and special teams during his time in Gainesville.
Smith left Florida to work on Holliday’s staff at Marshall for the 2010 season. He then moved on to Temple when Steve Addazio took over this year.
Marshall’s receivers totaled 152 catches for 1,824 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010 and featured all-Conference USA performer Aaron Dobson. Temple’s receivers managed 66 catches for 961 yards and eight touchdowns despite the Owls featuring the seventh-best rushing offense in the country and the top unit in the Mid-American Conference.
Additionally, Temple’s special teams ranked first in the MAC in kickoff returns and second in net punting and punt returns. Those units also ranked fourth, 14th and 23rd nationally. Temple won nine games this past season, including its first bowl win (37-15 over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl) in 32 years.
Smith, who attended Dublin Coffman High School and who is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in sports management, and his wife Courtney have one son, Cameron (2), and an infant daughter, Quinn Olivia.