Athletic Director and Head Football Coach
Chase Smith is in his second year serving as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. A native of Birmingham, Coach Smith prepped at Shades Valley High School. He attended Jacksonville State University on a football scholarship in 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and master’s degree in 2008, both in physical education, from Jacksonville State, gaining extensive experience coaching at the high school level in Alabama after earning the first. He began as an assistant working with offensive and defensive linemen at Spain Park High in the fall of 2005, moving on to Greenville HS to work with running backs a year later — the Tigers would finish 10-3 while advancing to the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs that season. Smith then joined the staff at Spanish Fort High, where he worked with running backs in 2007, the defensive line from 2008-09 and the offensive line in 2010. During his time on the Toro staff, SFHS put together a 39-13 (75%) mark culminating with the state 5A championship in Smith’s final year with the program. The Toros went 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2008, reached the semifinals of the state playoffs the following fall while putting together an 11-3 record prior to winning the title. Smith served as offensive coordinator that year as well, which SFHS ended with a 13-2 mark.
From 2012 to 2018, Coach Smith served as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama working with the Offensive Line and Tight Ends. While at South, Coach Smith would develop 11 All-Sunbelt Conference players, an All CFL Lineman (Ucambre Williams) and a 2nd round NFL Draft pick at TE (Gerald Everett). Smith would end up developing two centers earning national recognition as Remington Award Watch List candidates, Joseph Scelfo at South Alabama and Reese Dismukes at Spanish Fort. Dismukes would later win the Remington Award for best center in the nation while playing at Auburn University. During his time at South, the football program would earn a chance to play in two bowl games. South would earn a bowl berth the fastest of any program in NCAA history. In 2012, Smith was the program’s director of football operations, while he was a graduate assistant coach helping with the offensive line the previous fall. That season, the Jags — who were in the first of a two-year transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level — recorded a 6-4 mark against what was then the toughest schedule in program history.
Prior to coming to Orange Beach, Coach Smith served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Robertsdale High School for one year. He and his wife Vanessa have one daughter, Monroe.