Get to know Houston Texans Head Coach Lovie Smith:
- Lovie Lee Smith was named after his great aunt Lavana.
- Coach Lovie served as Texans Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator in 2021.
- He engineered a takeaway turnaround for Texans in 2021, as the team came up with 25 takeaways last season, tied for 10th-most in NFL. In 2020, the Texans logged an NFL-worst nine takeaways.
- Coach Lovie was born in Gladewater, Texas and grew up in Big Sandy, Texas.
- He 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.
- He also played college ball at Tulsa, where he was a two-time All-American defensive back and linebacker.
- From 2004-2012, Lovie was head coach for the Chicago Bears, and went 81-63 (the third-most wins in the Bears history).
- Lovie 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).
- He guided the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2006 season.
- Lovie was also head coach at Illinois from 2016-2020.
- He was a college assistant coach from 1983 through 1995, working at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio State.
- Lovie started his NFL career as an assistant under Tony Dungy with Tampa Bay from 1996-2000.
- He served as defensive coordinator for the Rams from 2001 through 2003.
- Lovie was also head coach for the Buccaneers in 2014 and 2015.
The Houston Texans have hired Lovie Smith as the team's fifth head coach in franchise history.