University of Hawai'i assistant coach Brian Smith will assume the new role of associate head coach and offensive coordinator for the Rainbow Warriors, head coach Nick Rolovich announced. Smith will continue to coach the running backs while assistant coach Craig Stutzmann will also remain as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"Brian is someone I have my complete trust in," Rolovich said. "He's been exposed to number of offensive schemes and already has the experience of being a play caller. After the spring season, I realized the need for a single offensive coordinator who could bring everything together. I'm confident in Brian's capabilities to do that."
Smith rejoined the Hawai'i program after spending the past three seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. A teammate of Rolovich's during their playing days at UH, Smith played center from 1998-2001. He also spent four years as an assistant coach on former head coach Greg McMackin's staff from 2008-11.
With Smith calling the plays, Occidental averaged 33.8 points and 480.6 yards of total offense per game in 2015 and featured conference player of the year running back Kwame Do, who ran for a single-season record 1,571 yards (174.6 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. Do, who was second nationally in rushing in Division III, finished as the league's career rushing leader (4,133 yards) and ran for more than 1,000-yards each season with Smith on staff. All-conference quarterback Bryan Scott threw for 2,541 yards (282.3 avg.) and 22 touchdowns last season.
Prior to joining Occidental, Smith was offensive line coach at California Lutheran, his second stint at the school where he began his collegiate coaching career. In 2012, he helped the Kingsmen to a league championship and second-best scoring offense in NCAA Division III. Three of Smith's offensive linemen were named all-conference and one earned all-region honors.
Smith joined McMackin's staff at Hawai'i in 2008, coaching the offensive line in his first season and the running backs from 2009-11. Under Smith's tutelage, UH's run game was its most productive during the run-and-shoot era as the team rushed for 1,942 yards (106.4 per game) in 2010, its highest total in 15 years. Also that year, running back Alex Green broke a 60-year old single-game rushing record by scampering for 327 yards against New Mexico State. Green finished the season with 1,199 yards, the second highest total in school history.
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