Lovie Smith Speaker Profile
Lovie Smith Biography
Head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith was born May 8, 1958 in Gladewater, Texas . Smith has been to the Super Bowl twice, as the defensive coordinator for the 2001 Saint Louis Rams and as the head coach for the Chicago Bears in 2006.
The Chicago Bears hired Smith as head coach in 2004, following the dismissal of Dick Jauron. He struggled during his first season with the Bears, as the installation of new offensive and defensive systems and a series of injuries, including a season-ending knee injury to starting quarterback Rex Grossman, contributed to a 5-11 record. Despite their poor offense, the Bears defense saw some major improvement, rising from 22nd in 2003 to 13th in 2004.
Smith began his professional coaching career as a linebacker coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Under the guidance of Tony Dungy, Smith helped develop the Tampa 2 defense. After spending four years with Buccaneers, Smith was hired as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams under head coach Mike Martz. While in St. Louis, Smith improved the Rams defense, that gave up a league-worst 29.4 points per game in 2000 to an average of 17.1 points in 2001. The Rams won the 2001 NFC Championship and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI. The team ultimately lost to the New England Patriots in one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets of all time.
The Bears dramatic turn around in the 2005 season earned Smith national recognition. He won the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award that year. After returning to the field following their first round bye, the Bears played the Carolina Panthers, with a fully healed Rex Grossman as quarterback. Both the Bears offense and defense struggled to keep up with the Panthers, and eventually lost, 29-21. Nevertheless, Smith and the Bears were optimistic about the future.
Smith, whose mother is blind because of diabetes, is an active supporter of the American Diabetes Association. In addition to participating in various events for the ADA, he also donates ten tickets to every Bears game to children suffering from diabetes. He and his wife are also the founders of the Lovie and MaryAnne Smith Foundation, a program which donates college tuition funds towards impoverished children. He was the Grand Marshal for the USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 15, 2007.
Smith is a devout Christian and has contributed to Brown's Chapel, his former Methodist church in Texas, every month even though he no longer resides in Texas.
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