VBR’s look at the new Penn State assistant coaches ends today with Terry Smith. At Penn State, Smith is tasked with coaching the cornerbacks. His ties to high school football in the state of Pennsylvania made head coach James Franklin also appoint Smith as the defensive recruiting coordinator.
Smith is returning to his alma mater, where he was an excellent wide receiver from 1988-91. While with the Nittany Lions, he finished with 108 career receptions and 15 touchdowns, still among the leaders in school history. After graduation, Smith was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Aside from being a former Nittany Lion himself, Smith’s stepson, Justin King, starred for the Nittany Lions as a wide receiver and defensive back from 2005-07.
2014 marks Smith’s 19th year of coaching.
In 2013, he was the wide receivers coach at Temple, helping the Owls set a school record for passing yards in a season and tie the record for touchdown receptions in a single season. Wide receiver Robby Anderson put together a great season under Smith, ranking fifth on the school’s single season list for receiving yards.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Smith attended Gateway High School in Monroeville and was a star wide receiver. He later coached there from 2001-12, becoming the head coach in 2002 after serving a year as offensive coordinator. Smith racked up a record of 101-30 and developed a reputation as one of the best high school coaches in the nation. His teams made 11 W.P.I.A.L. playoff appearances.
He now takes over an experienced group of cornerbacks at Penn State, led by Jordan Lucas, who was one of the Nittany Lions’ best players on defense during the 2013 season.
2013 - Temple (wide receivers)
2002-12 – Gateway High School (Head Coach)
2001 – Gateway High School (0ffensive coordinator)
1997-2000 Duquesne (assistant coach)
1996- Hempfield High School (assistant coach)