Gregg Smith Named ASU's Offensive Line Coach

Dec. 20, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Gregg Smith has been named ArizonaStateUniversity's offensive line coach, head football coach Dennis Erickson announced Wednesday.

 

Smith has coached alongside Erickson for 24 years and has 37 total years of football coaching experience.  During the majority of Smith's career, he has served as Erickson's assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

 

Smith spent the 2006 season coaching at the University of Idaho after spending the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Under Smith's direction, offensive lineman Jade Tadvick earned First-Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors for the Vandals in 2006.

 

During the 1999-2002 seasons, Smith served as Erickson's assistant head coach and offensive line coach at OregonStateUniversity. During his tenure coaching with the Beavers, Smith mentored Chris Gibson, who earned Third-Team All-America recognition by the Associated Press. At the time, Gibson was only the second offensive lineman in the previous 22 seasons to earn All-America honors for the Beavers.  Gibson also earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, as did Aaron Koch before him in 1999, the first time OregonState registered back-to-back First-Team All-Pac-10 offensive linemen since the 1972-73 seasons. Also, Smith's Beaver offensive linemen helped enable OSU tailbacks Steven Jackson and Ken Simonton to submit three of the top four single-season rushing totals in school history during the 1999, 2000 and 2002 seasons.

 

From 1995-1998, Smith enjoyed his first stay in the National Football League, coaching among Erickson's staff with the Seattle Seahawks. 

 

From 1989 to 1994, Smith coached with Erickson at the University of Miami (Fla.), highlighted by two National Championship seasons (1989 and 1991).  Three of Smith's offensive line pupils at Miami were drafted into the NFL, including Carlos Etheredge (1993), Leon Searcy (1992) and Mike Sullivan (1991).

 

Before joining Erickson as part of the Hurricanes' staff, Smith coached at WashingtonStateUniversity (1987, 1988), at the University of Wyoming (1985) and at the University of Idaho (1982-85).  While at WashingtonState, Smith helped develop guard Mike Utley, who in 1988 earned First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, UPI, AFCA-Kodak, Scripps-Howard and from Football News. Utley earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors that year as well.

 

Smith began his coaching career at the high school level, coaching at Buhl (Idaho) High School (1973-81) and at SunsetHigh School in Beaverton, Ore. (1969-72).

 

Smith, 60, graduated from the University of Idaho in 1969.

 

Smith joins fellow assistant coaches Dan Cozzetto (tight ends coach), will assist with offensive line), Rich Olson (offensive coordinator), Al Simmons (cornerbacks coach) and Grady Stretz (defensive line coach) as those who have officially been named to Erickson's coaching staff. Erickson was introduced as head coach by Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love on Dec. 11. 

 

In other news, Erickson announced Wednesday that Dan Cozzetto, who was previously announced as tight ends coach and will assist with the offensive line, will also serve as ASU's assistant head coach.

 

More hires on Coach Erickson's staff will be announced once they are approved by ASU's Human Resources Department.

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