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2013 Tony Gasparovich Award
Roland "Red" Smith Honored with 2013 Tony Gasparovich
our 2013 Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, Coach Roland "Red" Smith was honored with the Tony Gasparovich
He is simply known as Coach. He has coached over 65 years and is still at it as an assistant at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Red grew up during the depression. At Broadway High School in Seattle, he had some great mentors who developed his passion for the coaching profession. He earned track and football scholarships to Michigan State.
Then, after Pearl Harbor, Red joined the Army Air Force. After the WWII, where he fought in Okinawa and the Philippines, his first football coaching job was at Garfield High. Then, in the late 50’s he was the defensive coordinator for Western Washington, after which he went to Washington State as receiver coach. After the 1967 season, Red joined Dee Andros at Oregon State, where he worked side by side with many of the great coaches of the game. Then, in 1971, an opportunity came for Red to join the NFL with the Blesto Pro Scouting Service. He really enjoyed evaluating players who could perform at that high level.
Later, Red coached at Chico State and UC/Davis. During his career, he also coached at Shelton and Moses Lake and has served as an athletic director. Finally, in 2009, he joined the Bellarmine Prep football staff at the age of 86 and has plans to coach one more season at the age of 90!