Former Baylor letterman Scott Smith is in his third season as the Bears? assistant head coach and his first with the title of special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Smith served as Baylor?s secondary coach in 1999 and 2000.
Smith first came to Baylor in 1977 as a quarterback, going 3-0 as the starter that season before taking a redshirt year the following season. He returned to spend three years at strong safety.
Smith graduated from Highland Park High School where lettered in baseball and football, and served as vice-president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His leadership abilities flourished through athletics, and he was chosen as the captain of the varsity football and baseball squads. His performance at quarterback earned him all-district, all-metro, and All-Greater Dallas.
At Baylor, Smith was a three-time recipient of the coveted "Fighting Bear" award (1979, 1980 and 1981). He played on Baylor squads that participated in the 1979 Peach Bowl and the 1981 Cotton Bowl. The Bears won the SWC championship in 1980.
Smith spent the spring of 1982 coaching at Howard Payne University before moving on to coach the North Texas defensive backs during the 1982 season. In 1983, Smith returned to his high school alma mater, where he coached the defensive secondary for three seasons.
In 1985, Smith was named the head football coach at Garland High School, where he led a turnaround that resulted in GHS advancing to the bi-district finals of the state playoffs in 1987. As a result, Smith was named District 9-5A and Dallas/Ft. Worth coach of the year.
Smith made the leap back into the college ranks in 1988 at SMU. After a two-year stint coaching receivers and then running backs, Smith returned to Baylor to coach the secondary in 1990. Baylor?s secondary was ranked 16th in the nation in 1990 and 23rd in 1991. The Bears played in the 1991 Copper Bowl and the 1992 John Hancock Bowl with Smith as an assistant.
Smith next spent a year coaching linebackers at Arkansas before returning to Texas high school football. He was athletic director and head football coach at Duncanville, where his team won its first-ever football playoff game in 1994. Duncanville was also named the top 5A athletic program in the Dallas area for the 1995-96 school year.
Smith returned to Highland Park in 1996 as athletic director and head football coach, where he went on to earn a pair of district co-coach of the year awards and led HPHS to a three-year record of 35-7. Highland Park made it to the state semifinal game in 1996, was area champion in 1997 and regional finalist in 1998. In 1998, Highland Park was named the top 4A athletic program in the Dallas area and was the first recipient of the Lone Star Cup All-Sports Award for having the top athletic program in the state.
Smith is married to the former Kelly Hudspeth, a Baylor graduate and former Baylor cheerleader. They have two sons: Shea (14) and Braden (12).
The Smith File
Birthdate: Nov. 6, 1958
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Family: Wife (former Kelly Hudspeth); Children (sons Shea, 14, and Braden, 12)
High School: Highland Park HS (1977)
College: Baylor (1981)
- Baylor (1977-81)
- 1982 Howard Payne
- 1982 North Texas
- 1983-84 Highland Park HS
- 1985-87 Garland HS
- 1988-89 SMU
- 1990-92 Baylor
- 1993 Arkansas
- 1994-95 Duncanville HS
- 1996-98 Highland Park HS
- 1999- Baylor
- 1979 Peach
- 1981 Cotton
- 1991 Copper
- 1992 Sun