Jonathan Smith, one of the most successful student-athletes in Oregon State University history, was named head football coach by Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes Nov. 29, 2017.
“We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice,” Barnes said upon his hiring. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field.”
Smith is the first OSU graduate to serve as a Beaver head football coach. He returned to Corvallis after a highly successful stint at the University of Washington as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Smith spent the last four years with Washington, helping the Huskies to the Pac-12 Conference 2016 championship, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and ending the year with a No. 4 Associated Press Poll ranking. Washington earned a share of the Pac-12 North division title in the 2017, and was invited to the Fiesta Bowl.