Here’s another new face on the Boston College football team for the 2012 season, but this one resides on the sidelines. Wide receiver coach Ryan Day left BC following the 2011 campaign to join Kevin Rogers at Temple, thereby creating a vacancy in Chestnut Hill. Enter Aaron Smith, the new coach at said position.
Smith, 28, graduated from UConn (boo, hiss) in 2006 after having apparently transferred there from Maryland. He played wide receiver for both teams (which would help, seeing as he’s the wide receiver coach). That first season out of Storrs, Smith was already attempting to climb the coaching ladder by getting his feet wet at the Division III US Coast Guard Academy.
After a one-year stint as the wide receiver coach there, Smith moved on to Columbia University where he would spend the next five seasons at that school in the same capacity. In that final 2011 season, Smith doubled as the recruiting coordinator for the Lions. Boston College will be the first FBS coaching position for Smith in his young career.
Word is that Smith’s receivers did well under him, but at BC, he’ll have an experienced corps and a grad assistant named Rich Gunnell, who needs no introduction around these parts.
Welcome into the Boston College family, Coach Smith.