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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Apr 22, 2017; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs black team quarterback Jacob Eason (10) passes against the red team during the second half during the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Red defeated Black 25-22. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts on the field during the first half during the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Red defeated Black 25-22. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada during the second quarter of the annual Louisiana State Tigers purple-gold spring game at Tiger Stadium. Purple team won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 10, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Quinten Dormady (12) before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart coaches during the second half of the spring game at Sanford Stadium. The Black team defeated the Red team 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) runs out of the pocket 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 head coach Kirby Smart against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; General view of Sanford Stadium during the first half of the Georgia Bulldogs Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive cordinator Jim Chaney talks with quarterback Jacob Eason (10) on the sideline during the third quarter of the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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