Mark Smith is in his second season leading the program's strength and conditioning efforts while overseeing programs for all Golden Eagle athletic teams.
Smith came to Southern Miss after spending two years as the assistant director of Strength and Conditioning with the West Virginia football program.
Prior to his stint at West Virginia, he worked as the director of Strength and Conditioning for football at Tennessee in 2009. His other collegiate experience includes tenures at South Carolina, 2004-09 (Director of Strength and Conditioning), Kansas, 2002-03 (Director of Strength and Conditioning), Florida, 1998-2002 (assistant director of Strength and Conditioning) and NC State, 1993-98 (assistant director of Strength and Conditioning).
He served two stints in the NFL working with the New Orleans Saints (2004), (assistant Strength and Conditioning) and the Washington Redskins (2003-04). He has coached 15 first-round draft picks during his career, along with numerous All-Pro bowl players as well as one player selected for the Lou Groza Award.
Smith, a native of Kannapolis, N.C., was a two-year starter and three-year letterwinner as a linebacker at NC State. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from NC State in 1989. After his collegiate career, he was signed as a free agent linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith and his wife, Frances, have two boys, Mark and Dylan.