Testimonials

DeChon Burns  Head Football Coach - Linfield Christian Academy, CA
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"Coach Smith inspired me to be better! He was a Coach that expected you to do your best and held you accountable for your actions. I was blessed enough to be offered a scholarship to USC by Coach Smith and later had the opportunity to work under him. He gave me support during some very rough times when I suffered a career ending injury and expected my best as a member of his staff. He taught me, molded me, disciplined me and most of all gave me an example of what it means to be a man if character. It was not until my Coaching at the University of Florida did I truly understand what he was doing those many years back. I saw him in Ben Griffin Stadium and he told me he was proud of me, those of you that knew Coach, know that those words carry much weight. It is an honor to be a part of the Larry Smith Coaching Academy."

DeChon Burns  Head Football Coach - Linfield Christian Academy, CA
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"Coach Smith inspired me to be better! He was a Coach that expected you to do your best and held you accountable for your actions. I was blessed enough to be offered a scholarship to USC by Coach Smith and later had the opportunity to work under him. He gave me support during some very rough times when I suffered a career ending injury and expected my best as a member of his staff. He taught me, molded me, disciplined me and most of all gave me an example of what it means to be a man if character. It was not until my Coaching at the University of Florida did I truly understand what he was doing those many years back. I saw him in Ben Griffin Stadium and he told me he was proud of me, those of you that knew Coach, know that those words carry much weight. It is an honor to be a part of the Larry Smith Coaching Academy."

Mack Brown  Former Head Football Coach Tulane University, University of North Carolina, University of Texas
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“My friend, Coach Larry Smith was the ultimate professional. He had attention to detail like no other coach. He lived by fundamentals in all three phases of the game. Larry also cared about our great game, the coaches that coached it and the players who played it. He had impeccable integrity and followed every rule. In closing, Larry Smith was a great coach but even better person.”

Mack Brown  Former Head Football Coach Tulane University, University of North Carolina, University of Texas
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“My friend, Coach Larry Smith was the ultimate professional. He had attention to detail like no other coach. He lived by fundamentals in all three phases of the game. Larry also cared about our great game, the coaches that coached it and the players who played it. He had impeccable integrity and followed every rule. In closing, Larry Smith was a great coach but even better person.”

Jon Hoke  Secondary Coach - Chicago Bears
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"It was a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to work for and with Coach Smith. He was truly one of the great teachers of the game of football. He worked tirelessly to give back to the game that has provided so much for all of us. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy does just that"

Jon Hoke  Secondary Coach - Chicago Bears
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"It was a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to work for and with Coach Smith. He was truly one of the great teachers of the game of football. He worked tirelessly to give back to the game that has provided so much for all of us. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy does just that"

Ricky Hunley  All American Linebacker-University of Arizona, NFF Hall of Fame, D-Line Coach University of Memphis
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“Coach Smith is the reason I am in coaching today. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me 21 years ago. I can say that I owe it all to Coach. I still pass on many of his philosophies and teaching techniques that Coach taught me through over the 4 years of playing for him and 9 years of coaching for him. My family and I will always hold a special place in our hearts for Coach Smith. We all owe it to him to stay the course and pay it forward. Coach Larry Smith made it clear to everyon he coached the “Those who stay, will be Champions”

Ricky Hunley  All American Linebacker-University of Arizona, NFF Hall of Fame, D-Line Coach University of Memphis
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“Coach Smith is the reason I am in coaching today. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me 21 years ago. I can say that I owe it all to Coach. I still pass on many of his philosophies and teaching techniques that Coach taught me through over the 4 years of playing for him and 9 years of coaching for him. My family and I will always hold a special place in our hearts for Coach Smith. We all owe it to him to stay the course and pay it forward. Coach Larry Smith made it clear to everyon he coached the “Those who stay, will be Champions”

Moe Ankney  Former DC at Tulane, Arizona and Missouri - Former Head Coach, Bowling Green State University
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"It was my pleasure to be an assistant coach for Larry Smith for 17 years at three different universities. Larry was an outstanding coach and tireless teacher of the game. He believed that good coaching and solid fundamentals were the keys to winning football. Young coaches will certainly benefit from the Larry Smith Coaching Academy"

Moe Ankney  Former DC at Tulane, Arizona and Missouri - Former Head Coach, Bowling Green State University
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"It was my pleasure to be an assistant coach for Larry Smith for 17 years at three different universities. Larry was an outstanding coach and tireless teacher of the game. He believed that good coaching and solid fundamentals were the keys to winning football. Young coaches will certainly benefit from the Larry Smith Coaching Academy"

Bill Cubit  OC University of Illinois, Former Head Football Coach Western Michigan
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“I was blessed and honored to be able to work with Larry Smith. In my time in coaching, I have been around a lot of other coaches, but none better than LARRY SMITH”

Bill Cubit  OC University of Illinois, Former Head Football Coach Western Michigan
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“I was blessed and honored to be able to work with Larry Smith. In my time in coaching, I have been around a lot of other coaches, but none better than LARRY SMITH”

Gary Bernardi  University of Colorado Offensive Line Coach
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"I will always be indebted to Coach Smith for the opportunity he gave me in coaching. I worked on Coach Smith's staff for 13 years at The University of Arizona and then at USC. He truly was a man of emotion and energy on and off the field. His teams played physical, tough, and aggressive. But most important, he was extremely loyal and a man of high integrity"

Gary Bernardi  University of Colorado Offensive Line Coach
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"I will always be indebted to Coach Smith for the opportunity he gave me in coaching. I worked on Coach Smith's staff for 13 years at The University of Arizona and then at USC. He truly was a man of emotion and energy on and off the field. His teams played physical, tough, and aggressive. But most important, he was extremely loyal and a man of high integrity"

Preston Jones  Head Coach - Perry High School, Arizona
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"Coach Smith is one of the most influential coaches I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His strong, positive leadership to not only his players, but also his staff was second to none. It was an honor to know him as a man and even a bigger honor to have coached with him. He loved the sport of football and seemed to love the process of developing young men even more."

Preston Jones  Head Coach - Perry High School, Arizona
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"Coach Smith is one of the most influential coaches I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His strong, positive leadership to not only his players, but also his staff was second to none. It was an honor to know him as a man and even a bigger honor to have coached with him. He loved the sport of football and seemed to love the process of developing young men even more."

Dave Toub  Special Teams Coordinator - Kansas City Chiefs
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"Larry Smith gave me my first on the field coaching job and it changed my life. I find myself still today using his motivational techniques. Sometimes when times get tough, I say 'What would Larry do in this situation'. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy is a great resource for all coaches"

Dave Toub  Special Teams Coordinator - Kansas City Chiefs
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"Larry Smith gave me my first on the field coaching job and it changed my life. I find myself still today using his motivational techniques. Sometimes when times get tough, I say 'What would Larry do in this situation'. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy is a great resource for all coaches"

Andy Hill  Associate Head Coach and Quarterback coach - University of Missouri
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"Larry Smith believed that football is the greatest game in the world. He knew that success in a team sport is based on discipline, fundamentals, and practice habits. Larry had a passion for caring about young men both on and off the field and he lived his life with these same principles. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy can teach the foundation of success that Coach Smith believed in. He would love that his legacy is being carried forward."

Andy Hill  Associate Head Coach and Quarterback coach - University of Missouri
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"Larry Smith believed that football is the greatest game in the world. He knew that success in a team sport is based on discipline, fundamentals, and practice habits. Larry had a passion for caring about young men both on and off the field and he lived his life with these same principles. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy can teach the foundation of success that Coach Smith believed in. He would love that his legacy is being carried forward."

Dick Tomey  Former Head Football Coach University of Arizona, University of Hawaii & San Jose State
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“Larry Smith belongs on any thoughtful list of the greatest coaches in the history of college football! He worked his magic at a variety of schools over his long brilliant career. He inspired players of a variety of abilities to maximize and surpass their god given talents. He and his wife Cheryl provided a caring, loving and disciplined environment that made boys into men all over this country. To learn from ‘Larry’s Guys’ is something anyone would be fortunate to take part in.”

Dick Tomey  Former Head Football Coach University of Arizona, University of Hawaii & San Jose State
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“Larry Smith belongs on any thoughtful list of the greatest coaches in the history of college football! He worked his magic at a variety of schools over his long brilliant career. He inspired players of a variety of abilities to maximize and surpass their god given talents. He and his wife Cheryl provided a caring, loving and disciplined environment that made boys into men all over this country. To learn from ‘Larry’s Guys’ is something anyone would be fortunate to take part in.”

Barry Odom  Defensive Coordinator - University of Memphis
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"The amount of information that I learned from Coach Smith cant be measured in words. He provided opportunity to so many people. I played for Coach from 1996-1999 at the University of Missouri. He taught toughness, TEAM, discipline, attitude and a championship mentality. The foundations that he built his programs on, I still use every day in my life. The experiences and opportunity that he provided for thousands of young men and coaches is something that lives through the Larry Smith Coaching Academy and what I wish to carry on."

Barry Odom  Defensive Coordinator - University of Memphis
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"The amount of information that I learned from Coach Smith cant be measured in words. He provided opportunity to so many people. I played for Coach from 1996-1999 at the University of Missouri. He taught toughness, TEAM, discipline, attitude and a championship mentality. The foundations that he built his programs on, I still use every day in my life. The experiences and opportunity that he provided for thousands of young men and coaches is something that lives through the Larry Smith Coaching Academy and what I wish to carry on."

Rob Johnson  Former USC and NFL Quarterback, Assistant Coach at Mission Viejo High School, CA
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"After Being coached by my dad for my whole life, it was great to have a coach so similar to my father. Coach Smith was tough and disciplined but still loved his players. He taught me a lot about the game of football and i was blessed and lucky to have him as a coach. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy carries on his legacy"

Rob Johnson  Former USC and NFL Quarterback, Assistant Coach at Mission Viejo High School, CA
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"After Being coached by my dad for my whole life, it was great to have a coach so similar to my father. Coach Smith was tough and disciplined but still loved his players. He taught me a lot about the game of football and i was blessed and lucky to have him as a coach. The Larry Smith Coaching Academy carries on his legacy"

Chris Tabor  Special Teams Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
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"If it wasn't for Coach Smith I wouldn't be where I'm at today. He helped define and establish my coaching beliefs and techniques. Not only was he a great coach, he was a great man. I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work for and learn from him. I will always be grateful."

Chris Tabor  Special Teams Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
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"If it wasn't for Coach Smith I wouldn't be where I'm at today. He helped define and establish my coaching beliefs and techniques. Not only was he a great coach, he was a great man. I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work for and learn from him. I will always be grateful."