Jared Smith joined the Thundering Herd coaching staff in 2005 and he currently serves as the Thundering Herd's Special Units Coordinator and running backs coach.
Smith oversaw a young and talented running back group in 2005 with second-team all-conference standout sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw and Conference USA All-Freshman team pick Chubb Small. Bradshaw rushed for 997 yards and and nine touchdowns in addition to hauling in a team-high 56 receptions for an additional 381 yards and a score. Small rushed for 197 yards in a back-up role and exceled on punt and kick returns.
The 2006 season saw Bradshaw explode for 1,523 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns en route to first-team all-conference honors under Smith's tutelage. Bradshaw finished the season seventh in the nation in rushing and the junior bypassed his senior year to become an NFL Draft pick of the New York Giants, who he helped lead to a Super Bowl victory as a rookie in 2007.
Bradshaw's early departure opened the door to competition at the running back spot and Smith once again develped an all-conference performer in freshman Darius Marshall who led the team in rushing with 631 yards en route to earning all-freshman C-USA honors.
Darius Marshall continued to progress under Smith in 2008. Marshall rushed for 1,095 yards and five touchdowns en route to earning second-team all-conference accolades. Marshall also returned 30 kicks for 790 yards, establishing himself as a top tier all-purpose yardage performer. Marshall eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark seven times in 2008 and generated 165.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Smith came to Marshall after serving as Ohio State's quality control coach in 2004. In that role, he worked under Buckeye offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and helped with breaking down game film and self scouting.
A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, Smith was a four-year starter at center for the University of Kansas from 1993-1996. Smith was a member of the 1995 Kansas squad that posted a 10-2 overall record that included a win over UCLA in the Aloha Bowl. The `95 Jayhawks finished the season ranked ninth in the final Associated Press Poll.
Smith graduated from Kansas with a degree in English in December 1996. In March of 1998 he began a two-year stintas a graduate assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, where he served as the special teams coordinator on game days in addition to various other duties.
Smith was promoted to assistant coach for guards and centers at Minnesota in February 2000.
During the 2000 campaign Smith coached Minnesota's first-ever two-time All-American center and helped guide the Gophers to the 2000 Micronpc.com Bowl.
In February 2001 Smith moved on to Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, where he served as an assistant coach for three season. During the 2003 season he was Fort Scott's run game coordinator.
Smith married Erin Kido, an assistant athletics director at Xavier University, in June 2009.