Urban Meyer has named Zach Smith, the grandson of Earle Bruce, as his wide receivers coach. Smith comes to Ohio State from Temple where he served for one year as wide receivers and special teams coach for an Owls team that won nine games, including its first bowl win in 32 years. The Dublin Coffman grad graduated from Florida and worked for five seasons with Meyer in Gainesville, first as a graduate assistant and then as a quality control assistant.
"Zach Smith has already coached with me for five seasons, and so I know what a quality coach he is," Meyer said. "He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught. He has coached and taught some great players already, like Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez and Louis Murphy."
Smith and his wife Courtney, a Thomas Worthington graduate, are excited to return home:
"It is really, really a dream come true," Smith said Wednesday evening. "I grew up watching Ohio State, my Grandfather coached here and I always dreamt of doing it, too."
"Plus I have an opportunity to work with Coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me. It’s like two dreams coming true. I’m really excited, and it is wonderful to be back home."
Smith becomes the 7th assistant on Meyer's Ohio State staff, joining Everett Withers, Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel, Taver Johnson, Stan Drayton and Tom Herman.