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Brad Smiley
Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs / Tight Ends

Brad Smiley, who has built the Trinity Valley Community College football team into one of the country's most dominant junior college programs while steering a record-shattering offense, is joining Brad Laird's new Northwestern State coaching staff as offensive coordinator.

Laird announced Smiley's hiring on November 27. It is subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern.

Along with 11 seasons as head coach and two more (1998-99) as assistant coach at TVCC, the 44-year-old Smiley spent seven years at Tulane (2000-2006). He was a student assistant in 1995 at Baylor, and a graduate assistant in 1996-97 at NSU, helping the Demons capture the 1997 Southland Conference championship and an FCS playoff berth.

He was named the 2014 National Junior College Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine and has four conference coach of the year honors. Smiley took over a TVCC program than won two games in 2006 and has won five straight conference championships and three regional championships.

Since 2013, Smiley's Cardinals have a 48-9 record and have spent 63 consecutive weeks in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20, ranked in the top 10 for 21 straight weeks. He is the only coach in conference history to win five straight league championships.

Smiley's 8-3 Cardinals, ranked 8th in the NJCAA, wrap up their season Saturday playing in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

"I couldn't be more excited for Northwestern State University and our football program to get Brad Smiley back here," said Laird. "He shares the same vision I have for NSU football. His career speaks for itself, the success that he's had at every stop, especially building Trinity Valley into a national power with a dynamic offensive system."

The Cardinals are averaging 41 points per game this season and have held a top 10 national ranking in total offense in nine of Smiley's 11 seasons. TVCC led the NJCAA in touchdowns and scoring for three straight seasons (2014-16) and set six team and two individual NJCAA offensive records including yards per game (656.1 in 2015) and yards in a season (7,778 in 2014).

Smiley has a master's degree in sport administration from NSU, with a bachelor's in marketing from Baylor. His wife, Janna, is a Natchitoches native. His father, the late Dr. Barry Smiley, was the Dean of Business at NSU for 11 years.

"We've loved our years living in Athens, coaching at Trinity Valley, and there have been opportunities to move into Division I football. It was going to take the right place, and the right person, to get me to move," said Smiley. "This is the perfect fit, the right time.

"The excitement and energy from (first-year NSU president) Dr. (Chris) Maggio and (athletics director) Greg Burke, and Brad, and the commitment to get the football program back to a championship level, is powerful," said Smiley. "For any successful organization, to have all its leaders aligned with the same vision is paramount for success. It's exciting and intriguing to see it at Northwestern.

"Brad and I cut our coaching teeth together at Northwestern in 1996, when we shared an office. I know his passion for the program, and the university. Mine's exactly the same," said Smiley, whose late mother (Shirley Pittman Smiley) and her seven sisters all graduated from NSU.

"You fold in the cousins and extended family, and we've just sold a lot of new season tickets," he said. "Northwestern is a cornerstone in our lives."

Smiley has recruited, coached and developed more Division I (FBS and FCS) players in the past seven years than any other junior college in the country. Twelve of his quarterbacks have signed Division I scholarships, with one in the NFL.

"They love playing in our system. We fit it to the skills of our players. A lot of guys get a chance to touch the football," he said. "We want to run as many plays as possible."

This year, four Cardinals have thrown touchdown passes to 14 different receivers, while eight players have run for touchdowns.

At Tulane, he was the Green Wave's recruiting coordinator for five seasons while coaching tight ends and assisting with the offensive line. He was part of an offensive staff that produced Tulane's career passing leader (Patrick Ramsey), top two rushers (current New York Jets running back Matt Forte and former NFL back Mewelde Moore), and scoring leader (Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Seth Marler).

Smiley has also been TVCC's athletics director for the past six seasons. He and Janna have two children, Ben (14) and Clary (12).

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Alvin Slaughter
Wide Receivers

Alvin Slaughter’s penchant for developing professional football talent continued during his first season on the Northwestern State staff.

In his first season as the Demons wide receivers coach, Slaughter was instrumental in the development of young receivers Bobby Chan-Chan and Cameron Lazare, each of whom enjoyed breakout seasons in 2016. Chan-Chan tied senior Shakeir Ryan for the team lead in receptions with 32. After two seasons without a catch, Lazare recorded 24 catches and finished the season with a seven-catch, 132-yard performance at Stephen F. Austin, the first 100-yard game of his career.

Ryan, meanwhile, became the 11th of Slaughter’s former players to reach the NFL when he signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams in April.Slaughter, who spent the 2012-15 seasons on the LSU staff, has coached at the high school and college levels while also completing the NFL’s prestigious Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

While at LSU, Slaughter assisted the Tigers wide receivers and special teams groups. His work with the LSU receivers included developing and executing practice scripts, planning and directing drills, charting catches, drops and other offensive plays.

His special teams experience in Baton Rouge involved working primarily with the Tigers kickers and punters.

Slaughter came to college coaching after a successful nine-year run at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, including five seasons as the Spartans head coach.

He led the Spartans to district championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and a 2008 regional championship.

Slaughter’s head coaching experience gave him insight into fundraising and overseeing all aspects of a program, including scheduling, instruction and organization. In addition to his coaching career, Slaughter was the school’s assistant dean of discipline.

Slaughter spent his first four seasons at Pace as the offensive coordinator, helping the Spartans win the 2003 Florida state title and producing the top offensive in Dade County in 2004 and 2005.

Twenty-six of Slaughter’s high school student-athletes signed Division I scholarships.

Slaughter has coached in several all-star games, including the Under Armour All-American Game as a guest coach, the Aloha Prep Bowl and the All-Dade All-Star Game for which he was a head coach.

He began his coaching career as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1999, just months after graduating from Clarion with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Slaughter is married to Dani and the couple has two daughters, Kaelyn and Kira.