Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throwback Thrusday features the Top 'Cat

Coach Smith has been roaming the 'Catdome since 1989.

Linfield Football Head Coach Joe Smith is our subject of Throwback Thursday here on the ADvantage.  Coach Smith came to Linfield from Grants Pass High School (Or) and played for Linfield from 1989-1992.  Coach was a 4 year starter at Corner for the 'Cats and helped Linfield capture two Columbia Football Association-Mt. Hood League championships in 1991 & 1992.  Coach Smith's senior season saw the 'Cats advance to the NAIA Division II National Title game where the 'Cats fell short of the program's 4th National Title in a 26-13 loss to Findlay (Oh.).

As a player, Coach Smith was twice named a first team all-conference selection, and a 2nd team NAIA All-American his senior season ('92).  Coach Smith racked up 16 interceptions, 22 pass break-ups, and 127 unassisted tackles.  That's a heck of a career stat line.  Coach was known as a cerebral, fast, and physical player and you can see that style in the play of the teams he leads on the field today.  Fast. Physical. Smart. 'Catdome.

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