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Ty Smith
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Defensive Ends Coach

In his third season at Virginia, Ty Smith is responsible for coaching the defensive ends in 2000. He served as defensive line coach last season after joining the Virginia staff in 1998 as defensive ends coach.

Among the players he has coached at UVa is 1998 first-team All-America defensive end Patrick Kerney, who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft. Kerney is Smith's seventh player to be chosen as an NFL first-round draft pick.

A 21-year veteran of college coaching, Smith came to Virginia after spending one season as the defensive coordinator at Baylor. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Purdue in 1995-96. The Boilermaker defense ranked in the top five in the Big Ten each of those seasons after finishing last among NCAA Division I-A teams in 1994.

From 1988-94 he coached linebackers and defensive ends at the University of Louisville and was the defensive coordinator from 1991-94. Prior to his arrival, the Cardinal defense ranked next to last among Division I-A teams; in five of his seven seasons at Louisville, the Cardinals were ranked among the nation's top-30 defenses. He was the linebackers coach at Florida from 1982-87, coaching five NFL first-round draft choices, including professional standout Wilbur Marshall.

Smith began his coaching career at Western Carolina, where he was the linebackers coach from 1979-81. The native of Sylva, N.C., was a four-year starter at Western Carolina and an all-conference middle guard from 1975-78. He earned his B.S. degree in physical education in 1979 and a master's degree in physical education in 1980.

Smith's Biography-at-a-Glance

  • Born: February 3, 1957 in Sylva, N.C.
  • Family: Married to the former Dorla Lamberth of St. Augustine, Fla.; he and his wife have one daughter, Deidre, 11.
  • Education: Graduated from Sylvia-Webster High School in Sylva, N.C., in 1975; received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Carolina University in 1979; received his master's degree in physical education from Western Carolina University in 1980.
  • Coaching Background: Linebackers coach at Western Carolina University (1979-81); outside linebackers coach at University of Florida (1982-87); defensive ends coach at University of Louisville (1988-90); defensive coordinator at University of Louisville (1991-94); defensive coordinator at Purdue University (1995-96); defensive coordinator at Baylor University (1997); assistant coach at the University of Virginia (1998-present), serving as defensive ends coach in 1998 and 2000, and defensive line coach in 1999.

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