Arkansas hires Smith to run defense

Robb Smith is the new defensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas.

Former Rutgers defensive coordinator Robb Smith will now be in the same position at the University of Arkansas.

Smith and current Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema became familiar with one another when the two coached together at Iowa from 1999-2001. Smith was the quality control/defensive assistant for the Hawkeyes when Bielema coached linebackers. Arkansas confirmed the hiring in a press release on Saturday.

"I've been able to watch Robb Smith grow in the profession and I know he'll bring an attacking defensive philosophy that is built specifically to stop offenses in the SEC," Bielema said. "Robb has been promoted time and time again at every place he's been. With his background, he captivates a room no matter where he is and players gravitate towards him. He's demonstrated an understanding of what it takes to build a team into a championship program."

Smith, who was defensive coordinator at Rutgers in 2012, coached the linebackers with the Tampa Bay Bucs last season. Smith coached the outside linebackers and special teams in 2009 at Rutgers, the special teams and cornerbacks in 2010 and the special teams and linebackers in 2011.

Prior to Rutgers, Smith coached defensive backs at Maine from 2002-04, special teams and linebackers in 2005 and then was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Maine from 2006-08.

At Rutgers in 2012, Smith's defense was No. 4 in scoring, No. 6 against the run and No. 10 overall during Rutgers' 9-4 season.

Smith is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and played at Allegheny College from 1993-97 and was a three-year letter winner at strong safety. He graduated from Leechburg (Pa.) High School. He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Charlie and Jack.

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