HUNTINGTON — It’s a hectic time for Zach Smith.
Marshall University football’s wide receivers coach has been working non-stop since joining new head coach Doc Holliday’s staff, helping get the office organized and doing some recruiting with National Signing Day fast approaching on Feb. 3.
At the same time, Smith is moving into a new home while his work offers little time for unpacking boxes.
And, then there’s the situation with Smith and his wife, Courtney, expecting their first child within one month.
“It’s a perfect time and an imperfect time with my wife expecting in four weeks — hopefully four weeks — hopefully it won’t be sooner,” Smith said with a laugh. “I’m fortunate to have a great wife.
“She’s a rock. She’s a champion. I’m the one that’s nervous, calling every day.”
Meanwhile, Smith and Holliday — along with seven assistants currently on recruiting roads — are working double-time. Smith was officially hired Monday by Holliday, who assumed the head coaching position last month.
Familiarity aids Smith’s transition to Thundering Herd football. Smith worked with Holliday previously at the University of Florida, where they earned a pair of national championships.
Smith served as an offensive and special teams graduate assistant for the Gators from 2007 to 2009. He also worked as an offensive and special teams quality control assistant and in recruiting evaluation for Florida from 2006 to 2007.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to work with coach Holliday again,” Smith said. “He was pivotal in winning both national titles, both as a recruiter and a phenomenal teacher and coach.”
Consistent throughout Smith’s football life has been winning. He’s the grandson of College Football Hall of Fame coach Earl Bruce and worked under head coach Urban Meyer during Florida’s 2006 and ’08 national championship runs.
Smith also is well-schooled on Marshall’s tradition. The Thundering Herd’s new wide receivers coach referenced former MU wideouts such as Troy Brown, Randy Moss, Mike Barber and Darius Watts while discussing the program’s legacy.
He’s meeting with and studying Marshall’s current group of receivers, including promising underclassmen Antavious Wilson and Aaron Dobson. The national college coaches’ convention comes next week, and Smith then will hit his own recruiting roads.
Oh yeah. And then there’s Courtney and the baby.
“She’s made the process more comforting and easier,” Smith said.