Coach Sam Smith enters his third year on the Avila coaching staff and will be working with the Eagle linebackers. Prior to Avila, Coach Smith spent six seasons coaching at University Academy where he spent his last two years as the defensive coordinator, linebacker's coach and offensive line coach. During Coach Smiths first season as defensive coordinator, University Academy went to the state play-offs and in his second season University Academy won the district championship for the first time in school history and finished with an 8-3 record. Coach Smith played collegiately at the University of Central Missouri and graduated with a degree in sociology with a minor in psychology. Sam has a daughter, Navaeh age 6.