Smith joined the staff at Florida State during the Summer of 2002 as an graduate intern. In the Fall of 2002, he was hired as a graduate assistant, working with the track and field teams, as well as assisting with football.
Smith earned his M.S. in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2002. Smith also earned his B.S. in Sports Biology in 2000 from Springfield College. While an undergraduate, he competed in the shot put and hammer as a member of the track and field team for 4 years, as well as playing football for 1 year.
Smith is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a certified Club Coach through USA Weightlifting.