Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Temple names Zach Smith WR and special teams coach

Zach Smith, who was a part of two National Championships at the University of Florida, has been named the wide receivers and special teams coach at Temple University, head football coach Steve Addazio announced on Tuesday.

“I am proud to welcome Zach, his wife Courtney, and son Cameron to the Temple family,” Addazio said.  “Zach comes to us from Marshall where he was the wide receivers and special teams coordinator. He also worked with the wide receivers and special teams with us at Florida. He was instrumental in the development of great receivers like Percy Harvin, David Nelson, Riley Cooper, and Louis Murphy. Zach is a high-energy coach and a great teacher. His experience and knowledge of special teams are cutting edge, and he will have a great impact here at Temple.”

Smith served as the wide receivers and special teams coach at Marshall University during the 2010 season.

Prior to joining the Thundering Herd, Smith spent five years at the University of Florida. He served as an offensive and special teams graduate assistant for the Gators from 2007 to 2009. He also worked as an offensive and special teams quality control assistant and in recruiting evaluation for UF from 2006 to 2007.

During his time in Gainesville, Florida won two national championships (2006 and 2008) and produced some of the most prolific offenses, not only the Southeastern Conference but in the nation, in terms of scoring offense, yardage per game, and passing efficiency. The Gators also produced some of the top punt team and punt return units in the nation over this period. Florida blocked an impressive 22 kicks since 2006 - the most in college football over that span.

Smith’s duties at Florida included game planning and all opponent breakdowns and tendencies, working with wide receivers (2007-08) and quarterbacks (2008-09), assisting with special teams game plan input and all breakdowns (2005-07), evaluating prospective student-athletes, creating and designing a recruiting action plan, in addition to game prep tests and quality control.

“I am excited to be a part of Temple University and work with Coach Addazio again,” Smith said.  “I look forward to living in Philadelphia and being a part of the good things to come for Temple football.”

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