De’Angelo Smith is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Bobcats staff overseeing cornerbacks.
A former NFL defensive back, Smith comes to Ohio following three years working at Michigan State, and his second as a graduate assistant. He worked primarily with the defensive backs under Harlon Barnett. In 2014, Smith served as an operations assistant for the Spartans.
Smith was a three-year letterwinner as both a cornerback and safety at Cincinnati (2006-08). As a senior in 2008, Smith was named the recipient of UC’s Brig Owens Award (outstanding back) after tallying 53 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and a pair of interceptions in helping the Bearcats win the Big East Championship and land a berth in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech. As a junior in 2007, Smith earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors and set a Bearcat single-season record with eight interceptions, which also tied for most in the NCAA FBS.
Smith was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft (No. 143 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in seven games during the 2009 NFL season for the Detroit Lions, recording 16 tackles.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Smith earned first-team all-state honors as a senior while playing for Independence High School. He graduated from Cincinnati in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and earned a master’s degree in education at Michigan State.