Jeff Smart served as Columbia’s Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning from July 2013 to January 2014 before being promoted to linebackers coach. Previously, he was the defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, coaching the outside linebackers.
“Jeff Smart has been involved with our program since last summer,” Mangurian said. “Jeff worked as Ryan Cidzik’s assistant all last year and understands our players and our system. He brings a Division I mentality, having played linebacker at the University of Colorado, and interacts well with our players and staff.”
At Colorado, Smart assisted Brian Cabral with the linebackers along with general overall duties with the entire defense.
Originally a walk-on at Colorado, he finished his career with 291 tackles. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, along with first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's NFF chapter. A team captain, he won the Dave Jones Award as his teammates selected him as the defensive most valuable player for the season.
As a junior, he was a second team All-Big 12 performer (Associated Press), and was first team All-Colorado. In racking up 118 tackles (80 solo), he became just the third former walk-on in school history to lead the team in tackles. He was placed on scholarship during the 2007 season, when he initiated a streak of what would become 33 straight games in the starting lineup.
Smart graduated from Colorado in December 2009 with a degree in Sociology.