LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Frank Smith (tight ends) and Jason George (strength and conditioning coach) to join their coaching staff.
Frank Smith (tight ends coach)
Frank Smith has 11 years coaching experience, including the last five with the New Orleans Saints. During his time with the Saints, Smith’s role was to support the offensive staff in game preparation while assisting with the offensive line.
From 2010-14, the Saints offensive line allowed just 143 sacks, third fewest in the NFL. Four Saints offensive linemen were named to the Pro Bowl during Smith’s time with the team: T Jermon Bushrod 2011-12 seasons; G Jahri Evans, 2010-14; G Ben Grubbs, 2013 and G Carl Nicks, 2010-11. Evans was named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press three times (2010-12) and Nicks earned the honor once (2011) during Smith’s tenure in New Orleans. As a unit, the Saints offensive line earned the 2011 Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award.
Prior to his time in New Orleans, Smith was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Butler University from 2007-09, after joining the university as the offensive line coach in 2006. Smith came to Butler University from his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University, where worked on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant from 2004-05.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native was a three-year starter along the offensive line at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-03, graduating in 2004.
Jason George (strength and conditioning coach)
Jason George has 23 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, including 18 at the NFL or collegiate level. He spent the past three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Denver Broncos. Prior to his time in Denver, George served in the same capacity for three seasons (2009-11) with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
From 1998-2008, George was the head strength and conditioning coach at Fordham University. In 2000, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and received the school’s Iron Major Award as the university’s coach of the year. Fordham won two Patriot League titles (2002 and 2007) during his tenure.
George got his collegiate coaching start at the University of Kansas where he served as a graduate assistant in the strength program from 1997-98, while completing his master’s degree in education with a double specialization in sports psychology and sport administration.
He began his career as a strength and conditioning coach/assistant football coach at St. Paul’s High School (1992-96) in his native town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba where he played safety and earned Academic All-Canadian honors as a senior in 1991, George is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a certified corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
George is married to his wife, Leslie.