HOUSTON – The start-up Houston Baptist University football program has hired outgoing Rockwall football coach Scott Smith as associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Vic Shealy announced Wednesday.
Houston Baptist is just beginning it’s football program next year but won’t play a full varsity schedule until 2014 as a part of the Division I FCS Southland Conference.
“I’m a little intrigued through the start up of the program and the opportunity to help start a program from scratch,” Smith told the Dallas Morning News. “That was the main thing.”
He said he also liked the idea of working with his friend HBU coach Sealy.
“We really got to know each through the profession the last five to eight years,” Smith said. ”Both our boys played at Air Force Academy so I got to know him through that (as well).”
In a news release from HBU, Sealy said he was pleased about Smith accepting the job.
“I’ve had the honor of knowing Scott for quite some time and he’s a great coach and a great man,” Shealy said. “Our offense will be in tremendously talented hands, so our student-athletes will be coached and cared for by a person who will allow them to enjoy the game and success in all areas, not just football.”
Smith was quoted as saying, “I’m really excited about coming to HBU and helping start up a football program. I’ve been in Texas all my life, except for one year, so I appreciate the opportunity to stay in the state and the game as we know it here in Texas.”
Smith coached at Rockwall for seven years and his teams were in the playoffs three times. He previously had several college jobs at SMU, Arkansas and two stints at Baylor.
“Scott is a very bright guy with a great reputation throughout the state of Texas, having coached some of the state’s best programs,” Shealy said. “He will be able to walk into many corners of the state, have a good understanding where players are and the culture of the state. His relationships with many high school coaches will help him a lot, because he will be able to communicate our vision and the coaches will trust his intentions.”
By J.J. Smith