2013 SWJCFC Coach of the Year, Brad Smiley, had an exciting year in 2013 leading the Cardinals to both the 2013 Southwest Conference Championship and the 2013 Regional Championship. He is the only current SWJCFC head coach to have accomplished that feat. It also culminated with an appearance in the 2013 C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl, where they scored the second most points in NJCAA bowl game history with with a 72-23 rout over #12 Mesa CC, and finished as the #5 ranked team in the nation. The Championship season was not short on individual accolades for Smiley's Cards, with QB Ryan Polite (who broke SWJCFC single-season passing records for touchdowns, completions and attempts) being named the 2013 SWJCFC MVP, and DT Jhaustin Thomas being named the 2013 SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year. This is the fourth time in five seasons a Cardinal offensive player has taken home SWJCFC Offensive Player of the Year or SWJCFC MVP honors. It's also the second time in three years a Cardinal has been named the defensive top dog. The memorable 2013 season also included 4 players being named to the NJCAA All-American Team (Jhaustin Thomas 1st Team, Josh Pickett 1st Team, D'Nerius Antoine 1st Team and Ryan Polite HM). In his seventh year as Head Football Coach and second year as Athletic Director, Brad Smiley is once again excited to be in the position to help so many young men reach their goals and dreams. In his previous six seasons at "The Valley", he has had more than 120 players move on to play at 4-year universities, and more than half of those have been with Division 1 FBS and FCS programs. In the past two years Trinity Valley has been the nation's best at getting guys to the "D1" level, having 19 sign in 2013 and 16 in 2012. Smiley is also very proud of the work his team does off-the-field giving back to the Athens and surrounding communities. This resulted in the reception of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Community Service Award, given to Coach Smiley on behalf of his football team in 2010.
Throughout his seven seasons at Trinity Valley, Coach Smiley has enjoyed coaching both great teams and great players. During his tenure he boasts 13 NJCAA All-Americans, 6 SWJCFC MVP's, 26 SWJCFC Players of the Week, 5 NJCAA National Players of the Week and 55 1st or 2nd Team All SWJCFC selections. As a team the Cardinals have played in the 2013 and 2010 SWJCFC Regional Championship games, the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Regional Semi-Finals and bowl games in two of the last three years (2013 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, 2011 Citizen's Bank Bowl). Statistically, they have been among the conference and nations leaders in offense, defense and special teams. The 2012 defense sported the rare triple crown, after leading the conference in all 3 major statistical categories (total defense, rush defense and pass defense). From 2008 to 2011, the Cardinal offenses were ranked among the nation's elite finishing in the top 12 each year in total offense and top 20 in both rushing and passing offense. In 2013, Trinity Valley finished ranked #1 in the SWJCFC in points, points per game, touchdowns, yards per game, passing offense, total offense, completions, passing TD's, yards per rush and 1st downs. They also finished top 5 in the country in all of the same categories. As head coach of the Cardinals, Brad Smiley has been a part of 13 of the top 30 scoring games in Trinity Valley Football history, including their record breaking performances in 2013 (scoring 86, 72 and 72 points respectively).
Along with his head coaching duties, Coach Smiley also coordinates the Cardinal Special Teams and has seen his units excel at both the conference and national levels. In 2013, freshman placekicker Dylan McLain smashed SWJCFC single-season records for both points scored and PAT's converted, finishing 4th and 2nd nationally in both categories. The Cardinal return units also had big years in 2013, leading the conference, and finishing among the nation's elite in several categories; 1st - punt return touchdowns (4), 2nd - punt return average (21.5), 3rd - punt return yards (430), and 15th - kickoff return average (22.5). During his tenure as special teams coordinator, Smiley has had 7 specialists named to the All SWJCFC teams, including former NJCAA All American Jaimie Salazar.
Upon his arrival as head coach in 2007, Smiley was no stranger to Athens serving as the offensive line and tight ends coach, as well as recruiting coordinator in the 1998 and 1999 seasons under former head coach and Trinity Valley Hall of Fame coach Scotty Conley. He was a part of the 1999 SWJCFC Championship and 1999 Red River Bowl Championship teams. His line helped pave the way for the conferences leading rushing attack both seasons as well as ranking top 5 nationally.
Smiley came to Trinity Valley after spending 7 seasons coaching in New Orleans at Tulane University. The majority of time he spent in the role of tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure at Tulane he was a part of an offensive staff that helped produce the university's all-time leading passer, leading scorer and leading rusher as well as several all-time leading receivers. Also, offensively laying claim to 3 of Tulane’s top 5 seasons in total yardage and passing yardage. While at Tulane he was a part of the team’s 2002 Hawaii Bowl Championship, 2005 Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award and 2005 Football Writers of America Association Courage Award.
Smiley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Baylor University, as a student assistant in 1995. While with the Bears he worked with the quarterbacks and kicking specialists. He then moved to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he spent the 1996 and 1997 seasons coaching the team’s tight ends. He was a part of the 1997 Southland Football Conference Championship team helping NSU advance to the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA Championship Playoffs.
Smiley is married to the former Janna Clary of Natchitoches, Louisiana and the couple has two children, Benjamin Andrew, 10 and Clary Ann, 8. Coach Smiley, who holds a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University (95') and a Masters of Education from Northwestern State (97'), was also named Trinity Valley's Director of Athletics in the spring of 2012.