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Kirby Smart

Kirby Smart
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Alabama
Annual salary $1,280,000
Biographical details
Born (1975-12-23) December 23, 1975
Montgomery, Alabama
Playing career
1995–1998 Georgia
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999 Georgia (AA)
2000 Valdosta State (DB)
2001 Valdosta State (DC)
2002–2003 Florida State (GA)
2004 LSU (DB)
2005 Georgia (RB)
2006 Miami Dolphins (S)
2007 Alabama (AHC/DB)
2008–present Alabama (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year (2012)
Broyles Award (2009)

Kirby Smart (born December 23, 1975) is an American football coach and former player. He currently is the defensive coordinator at the University of Alabama.

Playing career

The son of a coach himself, Smart started his football career at [1]

Smart went undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft, but signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, spending the 1999 preseason with the NFL team.[2] He was cut before the 1999 NFL season started, and then turned to coaching.

Coaching career

Smart began his coaching career with the safeties coach.

In January 2007, Smart followed Nick Saban to the University of Alabama. On January 9, Saban named Smart an assistant coach.[3] On February 27, 2008, Smart was promoted to the team's defensive coordinator.[4]

On December 8, 2009, Smart was awarded the Broyles Award for the nation's best assistant coach. He is the first Alabama assistant coach to win the award.[5]

Smart considered a lucrative contract to be the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, the [6] On November 20, 2012, Smart was recognized as the 2012 AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year.[7]

On April 16, 2013, Smart was granted a $200,000 salary increase to make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.[8]

Coaching tree

Notable head coaches under whom Smart has served:


He received an undergraduate degree from the [1] They have three children including twins born in 2008.


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External links

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