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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Smith named OBU defensive coordinator

  • Oklahoma Baptist tabbed Ardmore coach Paul Smith, who has coached in Oklahoma high schools since 1983, as its defensive coordinator.
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  • Oklahoma Baptist tabbed Ardmore coach Paul Smith, who has coached in Oklahoma high schools since 1983, as its defensive coordinator.
     
    The move reunites Smith and head coach Chris Jensen, who coached together and against one another in the Oklahoma high school ranks.
     
    “We’re very grateful to have Paul come in as our defensive coordinator,” Jensen said. “He gave me my first coaching job and it was a challenge to coach against his defenses for five years. He will do an outstanding job working with our young men and our staff.”
     
    Smith, a 1984 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State, began his coaching career as an assistant for the Durant freshmen team in 1983. He served as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma from 1990 to 1992 before becoming defensive coordinator at Wilburton High School.
     
    Smith’s first head coaching job in football came in 1993 at Little Axe, where he worked one year before becoming the defensive coordinator at Norman High School. While there, the NHS defense was ranked No. 1 in 6A in 1996 and No. 3 in 1997.
     
    In 1999, Smith took the head coaching and athletic director posts at Durant High School and was there until joining the Ardmore Tigers. The Ardmore defense was No. 1 in 5A in 2005 and No. 3 in 2003.
     
    Smith also was guest speaker at the Oil Bowl All-Star Game and at the University of Oklahoma’s Coach’s Clinic in 2006.
     
    Along the way, Smith also has coached power lifting, track, baseball and basketball.
     
    As a player, Smith was on the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M national junior college championship team in 1980 and played at SOSU from 1982 to 1984, where he also received his master’s of education degree in 1986.
     
    Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.

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