Coach Edward Smith

Season(s) Coaching the Divas: 2003-2013
Quality Control/Videographer – 2009-2013
Assistant Defensive Line Coach – 2008
Assistant Offensive Line Coach – 2007
Defensive Line Coach – 2005-2006
Assistant Coach – 2003-2004

Coach Edward Smith Bio

Coach Edward Smith was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Park University in Missouri. He was an anti-terrorism special agent in the United States Army and had a highly-decorated career in the military.

“Smitty” attended a Divas practice and offered some advice to a player, who promptly replied, “If you think you can teach us better, then get off your fat a– and get out here!” Coach Smith accepted the challenge and joined the Divas in 2003 as an assistant coach.

Coach Smith drew upon his decades of playing rugby to assist the Divas with their tackling techniques. In 2005 and 2006, he teamed with Coach Jerome Davis to mold the Divas’ defensive line into a fearsome group. Smitty then spent two years as an assistant line coach, switching to the offensive side of the ball and back to defense.

In 2009, Coach Edward Smith assumed a position as quality control coach and videographer. Coach Smith would film every Divas game and scrimmage and break down game film. He would also perform advanced scouting on upcoming Divas opponents and assist the coaching staff in numerous other ways. Coach Smith became the first coach in 2012 to spend a decade on the Divas sidelines and served as an assistant to all four head coaches in Divas history.

Coach Edward Smith Q&A

Who was your childhood idol? Why?
I didn’t have one…I was too busy staying alive!
Who is your biggest supporter?
Ezra Cooper.
If you could have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Why?
D.B. Cooper…what did he do with that money?
Who is your female sports idol?
The D.C. Divas’ offensive and defensive lines!
Who is your favorite NFL player? Why?
Brett Favre.
What are your favorite hobbies or special interests?
Rugby, skiing, and traveling.
What is your favorite travel location?
Depends on the time of year! Winter: Lake Tahoe or San Maritz, Spring: Boston or Paris, Summer: Cancun or Cape Town, and Fall: Anywhere in the Blue Ridge.
What is your favorite book?
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Soldier, coach, father.
What are your lifetime aspirations?
To outlive all my enemies!
What was the first sport you ever played?
What is your favorite sports memory?
Watching Allyson Hamlin run into the end zone untouched at the end of the 2006 national championship game.
What is your proudest Diva moment?
The way the Divas played in Pittsburgh in 2003. We are down by three points and inside our own twenty-yard line with less than three minutes to go in the game. They marched down the field, five to seven yards at a time, and scored with under half a minute left to win!
What does it mean to you to be a D.C. Diva?
Hard work, long hours, total dedication to the team effort, and most of all, loving each other.