LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Athletics announced today the appointment of Orlando Smith to assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Red Raider football program. Smith replaces Joszef "Yoyo" Szendrei, who left in May to become the head basketball strength coach at Oklahoma.
"He's a great young strength coach," Tech Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Bennie Wylie said. "With his knowledge and all the places he's been, he's going to add great enthusiasm and will be a great teaching coach. He will do a tremendous job for us."
Most recently, Smith was an assistant strength coach at the University of South Carolina since 2005, after spending two years at the University of Kansas in a similar role. Following graduation in 1999, Smith took a position at running backs coach and assistant strength coach at Thomas Moore College in Kentucky, before moving on to his first Division I-A position at graduate assistant strength coach for football at the University of Minnesota.
"I'm just excited to be here," Smith said. "I look at some of things Coach Wylie has done with these guys and it makes me even more excited. I hope to help these guys get better. I'm looking forward to the season and Big 12 competition. I've been in the Big 12 before and the competition is great, and I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys can do.
"We all come from the same person, so Bennie's philosophy is my philosophy," Smith added. "We all come from that one person who passes his philosophy down to his assistants and to their assistants. It's like a family tree, and we all share the same philosophy."
Wylie worked for Dallas Cowboys' strength and conditioning coach Joe Juraszek for four years before coming to Texas Tech as did current Kansas strength coach Chris Dawson, whom Smith worked under during the 2003-04 seasons.
"We come from the same tree," Wylie said. "Coach Juraszek out there at Dallas taught us all. If you've been taught by anybody from Joe Juraszek, you're a hard worker, you know how to work, you're enthusiastic, you're here early, you stay late. You love the kids, you love working."
A former all-conference running back from the University of Cincinnati in the late 1990s, Smith helped lead the Bearcats to the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl championship. He twice earned all-Conference USA honors. Smith graduated from UC in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice/psychology. While with the Minnesota program, he earned a master's degree in sport management in December 2002.