WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University head football coach Mike Gutelius announced the hiring of Jon Smith as an assistant coach. Smith, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at NAIA Lindsey Wilson where he worked alongside Mike Gutelius from 2014-16, will oversee the offensive line.
Under Smith's tutelage in 2018, the Blue Raiders' offensive line paved the way for an offense that ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense per game, 12th in first downs per game and 17th in rushing offense per game while allowing just 2.0 sacks per contest. Dylan Boures was named to the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division First Team as Lindsey Wilson finished 7-3 and ranked at No. 18 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top-25 Poll.
In 2017, the Blue Raiders went 11-1, advanced to the NAIA Football Championship quarterfinals and captured the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division title with a perfect 6-0 record. He mentored the program's first-ever NAIA First Team All-American in Zac Lawson while his offensive line unit helped the Blue Raiders rank fourth in the nation with a program-record 48.2 points per game. Lindsey Wilson also averaged 459.2 yards in total offense, including 161.5 rushing yards per game.
Smith spent his first three seasons in Columbia, Ky., as the Blue Raiders' defensive line coach from 2014-16. The team also posted a record 11 wins in 2016 while securing the program's first-ever shutout with an 84-0 victory over Cincinnati Christian. Under his guidance, Steve Wallace received his second-straight All-Mid-South Conference West Division selection as he was named to the second team.
Lindsey Wilson went 8-3 in 2015 and made the program's second-straight appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Blue Raiders started the year 6-0 and achieved the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking. Wallace and Chris Oldham both earned All-Mid-South Conference Second Team honors.
During Smith's first season as an assistant in 2014, Lindsey Wilson posted a 10-3 record and won the Mid-South Conference East Division title along with the program's first-ever NAIA FCS playoff victory. He helped coach a pair of All-MSC First Team selections in Corrion Cooper and Andrew Wahl as well as a second team honoree in Sam Mapa as the Blue Raider defense set program records with 45 total takeways and 33.5 sacks.
Prior to his five years as an assistant coach, Smith played four years for Lindsey Wilson from 2010-14 and was one of the founding student-athletes of the program when it returned in 2010 after a 75-year hiatus. An offensive lineman who was voted team captain for three seasons from 2011-13, he was a four-time All-Mid-South Conference selection, earned first team honors his final three seasons. He was named to the Kentucky All-Commonweath Team in 2011, CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2012 and was selected to play in the D2 vs. NAIA All-Star Bowl in 2013.
Smith graduated from Lindsey Wilson in 2014 with a degree in business management.