WEST POINT – Army West Point football has announced the addition of Aaron Smith to the coaching staff where he will work with the wide receivers. Smith returns to West Point where he spent time as an adolescent and is a son of a retired Army Colonel who served as Garrison Commander at West Point.
Smith spent the previous five seasons as the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator for the UConn Huskies. In 2019, Smith coached freshman Cameron Ross who set the freshman program record in catches with 60 and yards with 723. Ross ranked in the top-five in the nation amongst true freshman wide receivers for catches, yards, and touchdowns. The 2017 Huskies finished 49th in total offense and 34th in passing offense.
He coached Hergy Mayala who was selected with the 8th pick in the CFL draft by the Calgary Stampeders.
Before UConn, Smith completed four seasons on the University at Albany football staff from 2013-16, serving as recruiting coordinator, passing 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 spent the 2012 season leading the wide receivers at Boston College. He helped junior Alex Amidon develop into one of the top pass catchers in the ACC and was named to the All-ACC First Team. He finished 11th in the country and 2nd in the ACC with 100.8 yards per game. Amidon also broke two Boston College single-season records with 78 catches and 1,210 yards; while tying the single-season record for 100-yard games with six. He was selected the 2012 Boston College Football MVP (William J. Flynn Award).
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.
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.