Football: Smith Added to Strength Staff

By Mike Montoro for
March 07, 2011 12:08 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Joseph has announced, today, the hiring of Mark Smith as the assistant director of strength and conditioning.

He will assist the director of strength and conditioning with football, as well as being assigned an Olympic sport to supervise.

"Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program at WVU,” said Joseph. “He has worked with several top tier NCAA Division I universities and NFL teams. He will help to continue our standards and goals at WVU to be the Big East Champion and the ultimate goal of a National Champion. The strength and conditioning staff is driven to be best in the country and by adding Mark, we can continue that tradition."

Smith is highly-respected in his field, having spent stints at both the collegiate and professional levels. He comes to West Virginia after serving as the director of strength and conditioning for football at Tennessee in 2009.

His collegiate experience includes tenures at South Carolina, 2004-09(director of strength and conditioning), Kansas, 2002-03 (director of strength and conditioning), Florida, 1998-2002 (assistant director of strength and conditioning) and NC State, 1993-98 (assistant director of strength and conditioning).

He served two stints in the NFL working with the New Orleans Saints, 2004 (assistant strength and conditioning) and the Washington Redskins (2003-04).

Smith, a native of Kannapolis, N.C., was a two year starter and three year letterwinner as a linebacker at NC State. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from NC State in 1989. He holds a certification from USA weightlifting.

Smith and his wife, Frances, have two boys, Mark and Dylan.

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