Smith Joins Football Staff

As reported yesterday by BlueGoldNews.com, Rod Smith has been hired by West Virginia to fill one of the two remining vacancies on the team. Smith will serve as quarterbacks coach for the Mountaineers.

With the hiring of Smith, Rodriguez reorganizes his football coaching staff. Current quarterbacks/special teams coach Bill Stewart has been promoted to associate head coach in charge of special teams and tight ends. Stewart will assist Rodriguez with the external affairs of the football program. Offensive coordinator/running backs coach Calvin Magee will continue in his role and has been promoted to assistant head coach, assisting Rodriguez on internal assignments with the program. Defensive backs coach Tony Gibson will continue in that assignment and has also been promoted to recruiting coordinator for the Mountaineers.

"Coaches Stewart, Magee and Gibson have done an outstanding job for our football program," Rodriguez said. "I think their new opportunities within our program will help Mountaineer football continue to be a national contender every year."

Smith comes to WVU from South Florida, where he spent six seasons on the staff. Smith was the Bulls' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2005-06. From 2001-04, he coached the quarterbacks and coordinated the passing game.

"We're very excited to hire Rod Smith as our quarterbacks coach," says Rodriguez. "He has experience with our offense and will be a great teacher for our quarterbacks. He is a state native and a great fit for our program."

Smith was a member of Rodriguez' original WVU staff back in 2001 as an offensive graduate assistant before leaving after a few weeks for the full-time position at USF. Smith played for Rodriguez at Glenville State and was an All-American in 1996 for the Pioneers. With Smith at quarterback, Glenville reached the national championship playoffs twice, including one runner-up finish. He also spent time with Rodriguez as a graduate assistant coach at Clemson.

In his 10-year coaching career, Smith has spent stints as offensive coordinator at Franklin (W.Va.) High (1997-98), offensive coordinator at Urbana (1998-2000), offensive coordinator at WVU Tech (2000), graduate assistant at Clemson (2000-01) and USF (2001-06).

A 1997 graduate of Glenville State (physical education), and a 2000 graduate of Urbana (teaching), Smith is a native of Franklin, W.Va. He has coached in the 2001 Toyota Gator Bowl, 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl and the 2006 PapaJohns.com bowl. Smith has tutored more than 20 all-conference players and two All-Americans.


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