PHILADELPHIA - Former Colorado standout and Columbia assistant coach Jeff Smart officially joined the University of Pennsylvania football staff on Wednesday. Smart will serve as outside linebackers coach.
"Jeff is a perfect fit for our program," saidGeorge A. Munger Head Coach of FootballRay Priore. "His experience in the Big 12, and his knowledge of the Ivy League will certainly make us better in many areas. I am excited to add him to a staff that has already made great progress this offseason."
"I am extremely excited to coach here at Penn," Smart said. "It's an unbelievable University, incredible city, and a chance to work with an amazing staff led by Coach Priore."
Prior to Penn, Smart served as Columbia’s Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning from July 2013 to January 2014 before being promoted to linebackers coach.Previously, he was the defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, coaching the outside linebackers.
Originally a walk-on at Colorado, Smart finished his career with 291 tackles. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, along with first-team All-Colorado honors from the National Football Foundation. A team captain, he won the Dave Jones Award as his teammates selected him as the defensive most valuable player for the season.
As a junior, he was a second team All-Big 12 performer (Associated Press), and was first team All-Colorado. In racking up 118 tackles (80 solo), he became just the third former walk-on in school history to lead the team in tackles. He was placed on scholarship during the 2007 season, when he initiated a streak of what would become 33 straight games in the starting lineup.
Smart graduated from Colorado in December 2009 with a degree in Sociology.