Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced today the hiring of Scott Smouse as the Paladins’ new offensive line coach. Smouse, a Greensboro, N.C., native and graduate of Appalachian State, comes to Furman following three seasons as offensive line coach at Jacksonville State.
While with the Gamecocks he coached pair of All-Americans and seven All-Ohio Valley performers who played a key role in Jacksonville State posting a 25-9 overall record and 18-5 OVC mark. This past season JSU went 9-3, earned its first NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff berth since 2004, and ranked No. 12 in the final Sports Network FCS Poll. Included in Jacksonville State’s season was the program’s first win over a Southeastern Conference opponent — a 49-48 double overtime triumph over Mississippi.
Prior to his stint at Jacksonville State, he served as offensive line coach at East Gadsden (Fla.) High School for the 2007 campaign. Smouse spent two seasons (2005-06) at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC). In his second season there he directed an offensive line that paved the way for the nation’s top junior college rusher, LeGarrette Blount, who later signed with the University of Oregon and now stars with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Four of Smouse’s offensive linemen earned post-season honors at EMCC, and nine players signed scholarships with four-year institutions.
He coached for two seasons at Louisiana State University (2003-04), where he served as a graduate assistant working primarily with the offensive linemen, and was part of the Tigers’ 2003 national championship team and 2004 Capital One Bowl.
Before going to LSU he worked two seasons at Newberry College (2001-02) as offensive line and tight ends coach, coaching four All-South Atlantic Conference offensive lineman and one all-league tight end.
Smouse earned a degree in history and secondary education in 2000 from Appalachian State. As a student assistant coach with the offensive line, he helped guide the Mountaineers to Southern Conference titles in both 1995 & ‘99.
He spent one season as a defensive graduate assistant at Duke (2000) before accepting his first full-time coaching job at Newberry.
Smouse earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2005.
He and his wife, Carey, have two sons: Tyler, 5, and Harrison, 1.