Smith was a four-year letterman (1998-2001) as a center for the Warriors. He helped UH capture a share of the Western Athletic Conference title in 1999 and played in that season's Oahu Bowl defeating Oregon State. While at UH he played for current OSU offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.
"Brian comes to Oregon State with a great reputation and I'm excited to have him on our staff," Riley said.
Smith was on the coaching staff at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks last season as the running backs coach and during the spring was the program's receivers coach. He was a student assistant coach at UH for the 2004 season.
Smith also was in the summer training camps as a player of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and the Green Bay Packers in 2003. He began his coaching career during the 2003-2004 school year as an assistant football coach at Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif., and as an assistant wrestling coach at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif.
Smith graduated from UH in May of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. He replaces Scott Turner, who left the program last spring for a high school coaching position in Virginia.
Brian Smith named graduate assistant
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