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Ryan Smaha named assistant football coach
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Thursday 07/13/2012
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Weber State football head coach Jody Sears has announced the hiring of Ryan Smaha as an assistant coach for the Wildcats.  Smaha will be the new special teams coach for Weber State this season.   

“We are really pleased to have Ryan join our staff and know he will be a great fit for us,” Sears said.  “He brings a lot of energy and passion to our program and is very loyal.  I have worked with him before and know that he is an excellent teacher of the game.”

Smaha comes to Weber State from Idaho State where he was an assistant coach for the Bengals in 2011 coaching the outside linebackers.  Prior to Idaho State Smaha spent the 2010 season as the tight ends coach at Western Oregon where he assisted the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in run game planning. He coordinated walk-on players and tracked player participation.  During the summer of 2010 Smaha helped coach the SWARCO Raiders in Innsbruck, Austria.

Smaha worked as a graduate assistant coach at Washington State from January 2007 to April 2010, where he coached with coach Sears.  While working with Cougars Smaha coached the SAM linebackers in 2008-09 and the assisted the defensive backs coach in 2007. During this time he also served as a defensive and special team’s coach.

During Smaha’s coaching tenure he coached three Pac-10 honorable mention players who all signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.

Prior to Washington State Smaha had his first stint at Idaho State where he was the assistant recruiting coordinator from 2004-06. 

A native of Pullman, Wash., Smaha played for Eastern Oregon during in 2002 and 2003 seasons. During the 2003 season Smaha earned Football’s Big-Team-Little Me award.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Eastern Oregon in 2004 and graduated with his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2011.


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