Rod Smith is in his third season as the quarterbacks coach with the Michigan football program. He joined the Wolverine staff after leading West Virginia's signal-callers in 2007.
Smith was integral to the success of 2008 Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Player Pat White. White was the 2007 Big East Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for over 1,300 yards and passing for 1,700 yards. He also rushed for 14 touchdowns and tossed 14 passing scores.
Smith originally worked at WVU as an offensive graduate assistant in 2001, but was quickly offered a full-time position coaching the quarterbacks at South Florida (2001-04). He mentored the signal callers for four years at USF before being elevated to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his final two seasons (2005-06).
Smith served as an offensive coordinator at Franklin High School in West Virginia (1997-98), Urbana (1998-2000) and West Virginia Tech (2000). He also committed time as a graduate assistant at Clemson, working alongside coach Rich Rodriguez. Smith relocated with Rodriguez as a member of the coach's initial staff at WVU.
A native of Franklin, W.Va., Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Glenville State (1997) and received a master's degree in teaching at Urbana (2000). Playing for Rodriguez at Glenville State, the 1996 All-American quarterback led his team to the championship playoffs twice and reached the division finals one season.
Smith and his wife, Charlene, have a son, Alex.
The Smith File
Date of Birth: February 22, 1973
Birthplace: Franklin, W.Va.
High School: Franklin High School (1991)
College: Glenville State (1997)
Graduate: Urbana (2000)
1998: Frank Carrico (All-MSFA)
2001: Marquel Blackwell (All-Independent)
2002: Marquel Blackwell (All-Independent/Player of the Year)
2006: Matt Grothe (Big East Rookie of the Year)
2007: Pat White (1st, Big East)
College Bowl Experience (4)
Clemson: Gator (2001)
South Florida: Meineke Car Care (2005), Papajohns.com (2006)
West Virginia: Fiesta Bowl (2007).