SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats have announced that 2013 NET10 Wireless Assistant Coach of the Year, Omarr Smith, will return to the franchise he played eight seasons for, this time as an Assistant Head Coach.
“Omarr has a lot of great history here in San Jose as a player. We are thrilled to have him back,” said SaberCats Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “With his experience as a player and a coach, he makes us a better team. He will help us to our ultimate goal of winning more championships.”
Smith enters his fifth season coaching Arena Football, and his first with the San Jose SaberCats. He has been the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers for the last three seasons, guiding a unit that has surrendered the second-fewest points per game in the League during that time period en route to two straight ArenaBowl championships. Smith also coached the defensive backs for the Arkansas Twisters (af2) in 2009.
As a player, Smith spent eight of his nine seasons in the AFL with the SaberCats. Smith was a key part in all three of the SaberCats ArenaBowl Championship seasons (2002, 2004 and 2007) and also won the ArenaBowl in his only season away from the Bay Area in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Storm.
During his career, Smith racked up 35 interceptions, 88 pass breakups and eight defensive touchdowns. He had perhaps his best season during 2008, his last as a player, when he notched 115 tackles (102 solo), broke up 13 passes, grabbed three interceptions and recovered three fumbles.
Smith played college football at San Jose State University, where he picked off 13 passes for the Spartans over his four-year career.