Michigan’s assistant coach position opened up after Greg Johnson left to pursue the NFL. They found their man for the job with a combination of over 10 years of coaching experience at the college level and NFL.
Per sources, Michigan is set to hire Philadelphia Eagles assistant linebacker coach Brian Smith as their new DB coach.
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Smith will be reunited in Ann Arbor with new Michigan defensive coordinator, Don Brown, after coaching together while at the University of Massachusetts. Smith was a three year starter there as defensive back, while Brown was defensive coordinator. In 2004, Brown was hired as the head coach there and hired Smith as linebackers coach. Their coaching partnership ended in 2006 after winning the 1-AA national championship.
From UMass, Smith took his coaching talents in 2007 to the NFL working for eight seasons with the New York Jets. He was hired as their quality control coach on offense, then moved to the role of assistant linebackers coach last season.
Jim Harbaugh’s staff is already filled with several coaches with NFL coaching experience. Smith will be a great addition to this already successful staff, which after their first season created a highly rated pass defense averaging only 158.5 yards per game and finishing 3rd nationally. His coaching experience at the college level and NFL will contribute to a much anticipated and one of the top rated defenses this year hungry to compete for the conference and national title.