Kirby Smart

Head Coach, Georgia Bulldogs

Now the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, Kirby Smart looks to make a name for himself in the Southeastern Conference.

Since leaving the Miami Dolphins to join Nick Saban’s staff in Tuscaloosa prior to the 2007 season, Alabama’s defense has consistently ranked among the nation’s best in every major statistical category. Smart began his coaching career as an administrative assistant at Georgia in 1999 and spent six years on the collegiate level — Valdosta State (2000-01), Florida State (2002-03), LSU (2004) and Georgia (2005) — before departing for the NFL.

The 2009 Broyles recipient and 2012 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year has led a suffocating Crimson Tide defense to three national championships during his tenure and the coveted title of the SEC’s best defense. Several of his players have won individual national awards and many have been picked in the early rounds of the NFL Draft.

The Georgia Bulldogs hired Kirby Smart December 7, 2015.

Coaching History Team Years
Head Coach Georgia Bulldogs 2016-Present
Defensive Coordinator Alabama Crimson Tide 2008-2015
Assistant Coach Alabama Crimson Tide 2007
Safeties Coach Miami Dolphins 2006
Running Backs Coach Georgia Bulldogs 2005
Defensive Backs Coach LSU Tigers 2004
Graduate Assistant Florida State Seminoles 2002-2003
Defensive Coordinator Valdosta State Blazers 2001
Defensive Backs Coach Valdosta State Blazers 2000
Administrative Assistant Georgia Bulldogs 1999

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Oct 15, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA;  Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Austin Cantrell (44) runs after a catch in the fourth quarter against the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 2, 2017; Tampa , FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain claps prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart looks on against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Julian Rochester (5) celebrates after stopping Florida Gators running back Jordan Scarlett (25) during the first quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks with Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain prior to the SEC Championship college football game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 24, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is interviewed on the sidelines during South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 26, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA;  Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) moves in the pocket  during the second quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice (5) points to the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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