Football: Ahmaad Smith

Ahmaad Smith

Alma Mater: Tennessee St. '06
Office Phone: (704) 645-4558

Ahmaad Smith enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Catawba College football program.  He will coach the defensive backs.  Smith came to Catawba from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he spent three years as a defensive back coach.

While at Hampden-Sydney, a NCAA Division III member, Smith coached seven All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference defensive backs and one All-American.  His secondary helped the Tigers rank 11th nationally in pass defense efficiency in 2013 and lead the ODAC in that category in 2013 and 2014.  

Smith helped coach a Catawba defense in 2015 that ranked 11th nationally in pass defense and 23rd in pass defense efficiency.  He also coached a pair of All-SAC defensive backs.  In 2016, he served an internship with the Calgrary Stampederes of the CFL.  In 2013, Smith was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Division III Assistant Coach of the Year Award, finishing as the runner-up.  In 2015, Coach Smith was awarded The Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship (Tennessee Titans) working with the defensive backs. 

Prior to coaching at Hampden-Sydney, Smith’s coaching career came on the heels of a seven-year professional career that included a stop on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in 2006, four years in the Canadian Football League (British Colombia, Toronto, Winnipeg) and a two-year stint in the Arena Football League (Iowa, Pittsburgh).  Smith’s article, “Coaching Football: Beyond the Xs and Os,” was published in the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue of This is the AFCA.  Smith played defensive back at Tennessee State, where he earned his B.B.A in business information systems in 2006.

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