Homer Smith (American football)

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Homer Smith
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Biographical details
Born(1931-10-09)October 9, 1931
Omaha, Nebraska
DiedApril 10, 2011(2011-04-10) (aged 79)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957Stanford (JV)
1958–1959Stanford (freshmen)
1960Stanford (backfield)
1961–1964Air Force (backfield)
1972–1973UCLA (OC)
1980–1986UCLA (OC)
1987Kansas City Chiefs (OC)
1988–1989Alabama (OC)
1990–1993UCLA (OC)
1994–1995Alabama (OC)
1996–1997Arizona (OC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (1969)

Homer Austin Smith (October 9, 1931 – April 10, 2011) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Davidson College (1965–1969), the University of the Pacific (1970–1971), and the United States Military Academy (1974–1978), compiling a career college football record 53–71–1 and a bowl record of 0–1. Smith was also the offensive coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles (1972–1973, 1980–1986, 1990–1993), the University of Alabama (1988–1989, 1994–1995), and the University of Arizona (1996), and for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). In 1997, Smith was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.

Smith was named 1977 Eastern College Conference Coach of the Year and was presented an Outstanding Achievement Award by the American Football Coaches Association in 2006. As a player, he was a two-time All-East and All-Ivy League fullback at Princeton University. At Alabama, Smith is remembered for engineering the team's 62-point effort in a comeback to beat Ole Miss in 1989.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from Princeton, he also received post-graduate degrees from Stanford Business School and Harvard Divinity School.[1]

Smith died in 2011.[2][3][4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Davidson Wildcats (Southern Conference) (1965–1969)
1965 Davidson 6–4 2–3 T–5th
1966 Davidson 4–5 2–3 5th
1967 Davidson 4–5 1–5 8th
1968 Davidson 3–6 1–3 6th
1969 Davidson 7–4 5–1 T–1st L Tangerine
Davidson: 24–24 11–15
Pacific Tigers (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1970–1971)
1970 Pacific 5–6 2–3 T–4th
1971 Pacific 3–8 1–4 6th
Pacific: 8–14 3–7
Army Cadets (NCAA Division I / I-A independent) (1974–1978)
1974 Army 3–8
1975 Army 2–9
1976 Army 5–6
1977 Army 7–4
1978 Army 4–6–1
Army: 21–33–1
Total: 53–71–1


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