14 Things to Know About Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Lovie Smith

Get to know Houston Texans Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Lovie Smith.

  1. Name is Lovie Lee Smith, and was named after his great aunt Lavana
  2. Born in Gladewater, Texas and grew up in Big Sandy, Texas
  3. Played on one of the best high school teams of all-time at Big Sandy. In 1975, the Wildcats went 14-0 and won a state title. Shut out 11 opponents, and outscored their opponents a combined 824-15.
  4. Played his college ball at Tulsa, where he was a two-time All-American defensive back and linebacker
  5. From 2004-2012 was head coach of the Chicago Bears, and went 81-63 (the third-most wins in the Bears history).
  6. Smith was named AP NFL Coach of the Year with the Bears in 2005 when he led the best defense in the NFL (12.6 points per game).
  7. Guided Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2006 season
  8. Head coach at Illinois from 2016-2020
  9. Coached Texans linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. for a year at Illinois
  10. As an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached Hardy Nickerson, Sr. from 1996-1999
  11. Was a college assistant coach from 1983 through 1995, working at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio State
  12. Started NFL career as an assistant with Tampa Bay from 1996-2000
  13. Served as defensive coordinator for the Rams from 2001 through 2003
  14. Was head coach of the Buccaneers in 2014 and 2015

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