A. J. Smith is in his first year as SMU's Offensive Graduate Assistant. Smith began his coaching career at age 19 and is entering in his seventh season of coaching.
Before coming to SMU, Smith coached in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game under Jerry Glanville and June Jones. In March 2014, Smith went to Osaka, Japan, to install the Run & Shoot for the Panasonic Impulse professional football team. Smith was the quality control offensive assistant at Louisiana Lafayette in 2013, helping lead the UL Cajuns to a Sun Belt Conference Championship and a New Orleans Bowl Championship. In 2012, he was the defensive graduate assistant at Northwestern State, assisting with the cornerbacks.
In 2010, Smith became the youngest offensive coordinator in the state of Louisiana at age 21 at West St. Mary High in Baldwin, La. Smith would help turn around a team who had previously gone 3-27 the past three seasons to an offensive powerhouse, earning a playoff berth. In 2011, after implementing the Run & Shoot, his offense broke two national single-game records, averaged 411.2 yards a game, and featured the state's leading receiver in both yards and catches. His starting running back averaged 13.0 yards a carry on 97 attempts.
In 2009, Smith was the assistant receivers coach at Airline High School in Bossier City, La. Smith helped lead the Vikings to a 7-3 record and playoff berth. In 2008, A.J. was the student assistant coach at the University of New Orleans club football team.
A native of Louisiana, Smith earned his degree in Behavioral Science from Louisiana Lafayette.