Antoine Smith joined the Temple Football staff in January, 2022, as the Defensive Line Coach.
Previously, Smtih was Colorado State’s defensive line coach as part of former Temple coach Steve Addazio’s initial Rams coaching staff. Smith was elevated to the role of assistant head coach in February 2021. During the 2021 season, Smith’s defensive line led the Mountain West in sacks, averaging 3.25 per game, good for 7th best in the nation.
Before heading to Colorado State, Smith was at Boston College. Smith moved into a full-time coaching position beginning in spring 2018 as the defensive tackles coach after serving as the director of football initiatives in 2017. During his time at BC, Smith coached All-ACC nose tackle Ray Smith (third-team) in 2018, as Smith landed a NFL free agent contract with the Detroit Lions following the season. Also, Smith mentored Tanner Karafa into a 12-game first-year starter in 2018 as he became one of the team’s best defensive players.
Previously, he was the defensive line coach at Texas State (2016), James Madison (2014-15), and Holy Cross (2011-13). During his time at JMU, three Dukes earned All-CAA under his tutelage and they won the CAA Championship in 2015. At Holy Cross, he produced three All-Patriot League players.
Smith worked as the defensive line coach at Miami (Ohio) (2009-10), Youngstown State (2006-08) and Lafayette (2004-05). He coached All-MAC performer Austin Brown at Miami when they helped the RedHawks to the 2010 MAC title and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He won a conference title and reached the NCAA FCS semifinals with Youngstown State in 2006. Before that, he helped guide Lafayette to a pair of Patriot League championships, two FCS playoff appearances and helped lead a defense that ranked ninth in the nation in scoring and 11th in total defense.
Early in his coaching career, he was the defensive line coach at Maine (2003) and the defensive line coach/strength and conditioning coordinator at Minot State (2002) in North Dakota, where the Beavers won the DAC-10 Conference Championship. He coached All-Conference and All-American Ian Best at Minot State (2002).
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and kinesiology from Maine in 2001 and his master’s degree in health and human performance from Minot State in 2004. He was a three-year starter at defensive tackle and a four-year letterwinner at Maine from 1996-99.