ROME, Ga. -- Zackry Smith has been hired as an assistant track & field coach at Berry College, announced Vikings' Athletic Director Tom Hart.
"Zack's desire to have an impact on student-athletes, combined with his passion for sport resonated completely during his visit," Hart said. "We are thrilled to have a coach with Zack's experience join our family, and look forward to working with him in the months and years to come."
Coach Smith arrives after spending eight years as a part of the Shorter University football program as a player, a graduate assistant coach and as an assistant coach. In 2006, Smith transferred to Shorter, but saw his time on the field come to an end due to a career-ending injury. He then transitioned to coaching as a student assistant while completing his bachelor's degree in public relations. Smith served as a student assistant coach along the defensive line, and later completed his master's degree while a graduate assistant coach.
In addition to his time on the gridiron, Smith spent two years as a prep discus-thrower and was a star at East Coweta High School.
"With the addition of Coach Smith to the track and field coaching staff we are one more important step closer to fielding a full team," said Paul Deaton, Berry's head cross country coach. "Coach Smith will be assisting specifically with the throwing events. I am certain all of our prospects interested in the shot-put, discus, javelin and hammer throws will be pleased to learn about this addition to our coaching staff."