Meyer Adds Smith To Staff

Urban Meyer enjoyed vast success during his time at Florida, which included two national titles. To try and duplicate that success at Ohio State, Meyer has reached out to former colleagues to join him in Columbus. The newest addition to Ohio State's staff is Zach Smith.

Urban Meyer enjoyed vast success during his time at Florida, which included two national titles. To try and duplicate that success at Ohio State, Meyer has reached out to former colleagues to join him in Columbus.

The latest success in attaining coaches from his former staff at Florida was Zach Smith, who was announced Thursday morning as Ohio State's new wide receivers coach.

Stan Drayton, who coached the wide receivers a year ago at Ohio State after serving under Meyer in previous seasons at Florida, will remain on the Buckeyes staff as running backs coach.

"Zach Smith has already coached with me for five seasons, and so I know what a quality coach he is," Meyer said of his new hire, who is the grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce. "He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught. He has coached and taught some great players already, like Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez and Louis Murphy."

Spending the most recent season at Temple as the Owls' wide receivers and special teams coach, Smith helped lead the team to nine wins, including its first bowl win in 32 years.

Smith spent five seasons as a graduate assistant and quality control assistant under Meyer, a time in which the Gators had some of the most electrifying skill players in the nation. Smith was a special teams quality control assistant from 2005-07 before becoming an offensive graduate assistant from 2008-09.

When offered a position at Marshall under Doc Holliday for the 2010 season, Smith took the promotion. He coached against the Buckeyes in the season-opener for the Herd that season. Smith moved on to Temple a year later when offered a position on Steve Addazio's staff.

"Zach has done a terrific job as wide receivers coach at both Marshall and this past year at Temple," Meyer said. "I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. Ohio State is going to benefit from his coaching and his abilities as a recruiter."

Not only Will Smith return to a position under Meyer, he'll get an opportunity to relocate back to his hometown. Smith, a Dublin Coffman graduate, and his wife Courtney, who attended Thomas Worthington High School, look forward to returning to their roots.

"It is really, really a dream come true," Smith said. "I grew up watching Ohio State, my Grandfather coached here and I always dreamed of doing it, too.

"Plus I have an opportunity to work with Coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me. It's like two dreams coming true. I'm really excited, and it is wonderful to be back home."

Smith had an emotional week, not only with helping achieve a bowl win for Temple. It has also been a difficult time, as his grandmother, Jean Bruce, died last Friday. It was just the day before Temple's bowl game.

"My coming home has added another element to everything that has gone on this week," Smith said. "My Grandma would be very proud of me. I feel honored to come back and work at this university where both she and my Grandfather's hearts have always been and I grew up loving."

Meyer already hired three others from his previous staff at Florida. Brian Voltolini (director of football operations), Mark Pantoni (director of player personnel) and Mickey Marotti (assistant athletic director for football sports performance) all worked under Meyer at Florida.

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