A former Georgetown Prep football standout has a new job title.
The Tennessee Titans have promoted Arthur Smith from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.
Smith, who was inducted into the Georgetown Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, was ecstatic about the job promotion.
“I’ve always just tried to do a good job, the job they gave me,” Smith said last week during a news conference.
Smith, who joined the NFL franchise as a defensive assistant and quality control coach in 2011, has served as the Titans tight ends coach for the past three seasons.
“I am excited for Arthur and for our team to be able to elevate a deserving coach,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said in a statement. “I was impressed throughout the season in gameplan meetings with his ideas, in-game with his understanding of situations and the ability to get the most out of his position group.”
Smith, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 2001, guided the Little Hoyas to an undefeated season and an IAC championship during his senior campaign at the North Bethesda private school.
“He was a great leader,” recalled former Georgetown Prep running back Marcus Mason, a four-year varsity starter. “He was bigger than everybody. He was one of the great leaders on that team.”
A two-way standout, Smith anchored an offensive line that averaged more than 300 yards rushing per game. He also participated in track, lacrosse and basketball during his high school days. At 6-foot-4 and 270-pounds, Smith, a team captain, was a first-team all-state selection at offensive line, two-time all-conference and first-team All-Met.
Mason, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 2003, spent his freshman and sophomore campaigns running behind Smith.
“I loved running behind Arthur,” said Mason. “Every time I ran behind him it was almost a guaranteed touchdown.”
Smith, who played collegiately at North Carolina, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant there in 2006.
In 2007, Smith was named the defensive quality control coach for the Washington Redskins and later spent one season at the University of Mississippi as an Administrative Assistant/Defensive Intern during the 2010 campaign.
In 2011, Smith, a Memphis native, was hired to become the Titans’ defensive quality control coach under then-head coach Mike Munchak. He was named offensive quality control coach for the 2012 campaign and was promoted to assistant offensive line and assistant tight ends coach for the 2013 season.
Munchak was fired after the 2013 campaign and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt retained Smith as the assistant tight ends coach. However, Whisenhunt was fired midway through the 2015 season and replaced by Mike Mularkey. When Mularkey was fired after the 2017 campaign, Vrabel was named the new head coach and kept Smith on board for the 2018 season.
When former Titans’ offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur left to become the Green Bay Packers new head coach, Smith was named as his replacement.
“He has a great deal of familiarity with our players and the continuity of the offense will allow our players to continue to develop and improve,” said Vrabel.