CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
- Ray Smith was hired as Southeast Missouri's cornerbacks coach Wednesday.
Smith spent the last two seasons at Southwest Baptist, where he coached the defensive backs and served as the Bearcats special teams coordinator.
Last year, SBU returned 14 interceptions for 134 yards and added 29 pass breakups. The Bearcats secondary led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 17 interceptions and was part of a defense that rated first in the conference in turnover margin the previous year.
Prior to to SBU, Smith was an assistant coach at Schaumburg (Ill.) High School. He helped lead his team to the Mid-Suburban West Conference championship and an appearance in the Illinois High School Association 7A quarterfinals in 2013. Smith also coached two MSL First-Team All-Conference selections in 2012.
In 2011, Smith coached the defensive backs at NCAA Division I Indiana State.
From 2008-2010, Smith held that same role at the University of St. Francis (Ill.). He helped lead Saint Francis to a pair of 7-4 seasons during the 2008 and 2010 (second best record in program history) campaigns.
Before that, Smith worked at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Platteville as defensive backs coach from 2006-08.
Smith graduated from Northern Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication in 2006. He was a four-year letterwinner for the football team and played on four Mid-America Conference West Championship teams (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005). In 2005, Smith was named team captain and earned First-Team All-MAC honors. He also garnered MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Southern Illinois in 2004. Smith helped the Huskies win the Silicon Valley Classic Bowl that year, as well.
Smith later earned his Master of Science in Adult Education from the Wisconsin-Platteville in 2007.