|Born||July 29, 1969|
|Alma mater||Penn State|
|1987-1991||Penn State (College)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996||Hempfield HS (Assistant)|
|1997-2000||Duquesne (passing coordinator)|
|2001||Gateway HS (OC)|
|2014-present||Penn State (CB)|
Terry M. Smith (born July 29,1969) is an American college football coach and former player. He played college football at Penn State and is currently the assistant head coach, defensive recruiting coordinator and Cornerbacks coach for his college alma mater.
Originally from Aliquippa, Pa, Smith and his family moved to Monroeville, Pa where he was a star quarterback for the Gateway Gators. Smith led the Gators to back-to-back WPIAL football titles in 1985 and 1986. Considered one of the greatest WPIAL championships ever played, the 1986 game featured an undefeated Gateway team and a North Hills team who was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today. Smith scored Gateways only touchdown as they defeated North Hills 7-6 in front of more than 20,000 fans at Three Rivers Stadium.
College playing career
Nicknamed Superfly, Smith, was a four year letter winner from 1988-91 with the Nittany Lions who still ranks among the schools’ best with 108 career receptions and 15 receiving touchdowns. During the 1991 season, posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds, Smith came up big against USC, grabbing 10 receptions to tie a Penn State single-game mark and gaining 165 yards to set a new school record. His Senior season, Smith broke school records with 55 catches for 846 yards and eight scores, helping Penn State to an 11-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Tennessee. After breaking the single season receptions record in a game against Rutgers, Joe Paterno said about Smith, "I don't know whether there's a better wideout in the country as far as what he does. He catches the ball, he blocks, he runs with the ball, he's in the football game -- he's just a great player."
Professional playing career
Drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL draft , Smith spent the following three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts and the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League. Smith also spent one season with the Albany Firebirds of the Arena league in 1996.
In 1996, Smith began his coaching career as an assistant at Hempfield High School. From there Smith spent the next four seasons as the passing coordinator for the Duquesne Dukes. In 2001, Smith returned to his high school alma mater the Gateway Gators where he served as the offensive coordinator. The following season Smith was named as the Gators Head Coach and over the next eleven seasons Smith led Gateway to a 101-30 mark and four WPIAL runner-up finishes.. In that time Smith sent 23 players to NCAA FBS (I-A) colleges and 17 more to FCS(I-AA) colleges, and coached in three U.S. Army All-America and Semper Fidelis All-America games. He has mentored six NFL players, including former Nittany Lions Trevor Williams, Jordan Lucas, Justin King and Lydell Sargeant. Smith, who also served as the athletic director, departed Gateway following the 2012 football season when his athletic director position was reduced to part-time. His salary was also cut in half and the district instituted a new rule that no administrator could coach. Following a January recruiting visit in 2013, the Temple Owls coach and fellow Penn State alum Matt Rhule offered Smith a coaching position as his wide receivers coach. Smith accepted and helped the Owls’ passing game reach new heights during the 2013 season. In 2014 James Franklin hired smith as the Penn State Nittany Lions’ defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach, positions he currently maintains. Smith is also the assistant head coach for the Nittany Lions, a title received following the 2015 season.
Smith received a Bachelors in business management, from the Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Alison, have a son, former PSU standout Justin King , and daughter, Haley. Smith, is a class of 2018 WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee.
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