by Stan McCormick
Albany State head coach James “Mike” White has announced that former coach Steve Smith will return to Golden Rams football as the program’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Smith coached with ASU from 2009-2011. He returns to ASU after stints with the Tennessee State football program and the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
“We are excited to have him back in the program,” said White. “He did an outstanding job for us when he worked here before. We’re just ready to get the season started with a new offensive coordinator.”
Smith was a major part of the Golden Rams success from 2009-2011. During his tenure, Smith’s “Gold Rush” offense helped the Golden Rams garner a 19-4 record in his two years. With Smith leading the Golden Rams offense in 2010, the Golden Rams finished 11-1, (10-0 during the regular season) and won the SIAC title and the SBN Black College National championship.
His offense, which was led by back-to-back conference MVP quarterbacks A.J. McKenna (2009) and Stanley Jennings (2010), was ranked in the Top 10 in numerous categories in Division II and No. 1 in the SIAC.
“This is a great opportunity, and I’m glad to be back at Albany State,” Smith said. “ASU is like family to me, and it feels like I’m coming home. I’m definitely looking forward to the challenges this season.