Huskies land 20 in 2017 Signing Class
Aaron Smith rejoins the Huskies, this time as a coach, after playing on the football team from 2004-2006. Smith will work with the wide receivers.
Smith completed his fourth season on the University at Albany football staff in 2016, serving as recruiting coordinator, pass game coordinator, and wide receivers coach.
Under Smith’s direction in 2014, Josh Gontarek was named the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, boasting the best freshman receiving numbers in program history with 58 receptions, 687 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns.
Smith, a native of West Point, N.Y. and son of an Army colonel, brought seven years of collegiate coaching experience to UAlbany. He spent the 2012 season leading the wide receivers at Boston College where he helped junior Alex Amidon develop into one of the ACC’s best. Amidon’s 1,210 yards receiving at the end of the regular season ranked second in the ACC, just four yards behind the leader.
Smith spent the five seasons prior (2007-11) as the receivers coach at Columbia University, coaching two All-Ivy League honorees, including Austin Knowlin, Columbia’s all-time leader in receptions (210) and receiving yards (2,484). Smith also served as the Lions’ recruiting coordinator in 2011.
Smith started his coaching career at the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2006.
As an undergraduate, Smith played football at both the University of Maryland and the University of Connecticut, helping his teams to appearances in the Peach, Orange, and Motor City Bowls. While competing at UConn, he was presented with two Scholar Athlete Awards, and graduated with a degree in political science in 2006.
Smith and his wife, Kristin, reside in the Capital Region with their daughter, Mia, and son, Cash.