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Meet the PSU staff: Terry Smith stresses accountability

August 18, 2014 - Cory Giger
This is part of our series introducing the Nittany Lions' assistant coaches. These were compiled by Mirror intern Kristen Nelson.

Meet the PSU staff: Cornerbacks coach Terry Smith

Hometown: Monroeville

Family: wife, Alison; son, former PSU standout Justin King; daughter, Haley

Education: Bachelors in business management, Penn State

Playing experience: 1987-91: Penn State, receiver; 1992: Washington Redskins, receiver; 1993: CFL Toronto Argonauts, receiver; 1994-95: CFL Shreveport Pirates, receiver; 1996: AFL Albany Firebirds, receiver

Coaching experience: 1996: Hempfield High School, assistant; 1997-2000: Duquesne, passing coordinator; 2001: Gateway (Pa.) High School, offensive coordinator; 2002: Gateway High School, head coach; 2003-2012: Gateway High School, head coach/athletic director; 2013: Temple, wide receivers; 2014: Penn State, defensive recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks

Why did you get into coaching?: "Eighteen years ago, my dad came to me with an advertisement in the newspaper for a local high school job and he just asked, 'You want to coach?' And I said, 'OK.' Eighteen years later I do it because I have the opportunity to work with young people. I have the opportunity to help impact their lives and change their life in a positive manner. It's the most rewarding gift that I can have."

What is your coaching philosophy?: "Accountability. I want my players to be accountable for all their actions on and off the field. I want them to be accountable for being playmakers and being good fathers and good citizens and good students and good people."

What do you enjoy most about being at Penn State?: "It's a great university. I had the opportunity to play here. I had great success as a player. I'm looking forward to having great success as a coach. Penn State has been great to me and my family, and this is just a small token of me giving back a little big."

What is your best memory or story about James Franklin?: "James is a people's guy. He's very personable. I remember when he first brought me on board, he welcomed me as if I were with him the last 10 years. He just made me feel so welcomed to the Penn State family. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity he's provided me and my family."

 
 

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