A Profile of Football Coach Alphonso Smith

November 15, 2016
When Alphonso Smith made the decision to return to his hometown of Pahokee, Florida to be the head coach for the Pahokee High School Blue Devils, his alma mater, he knew he was doing the right thing. He was apparently right, since he led the team to an 8-2 regular season record and a district title, a year after they were 5-5 and headed nowhere. This should have been seen as a good move by everyone. Even when Alphonso Smith was a child, football was a significant part of his life. He was also a starter for the Blue Devils basketball team, but it was as a quarterback and defensive back for the football team that he excelled. He was an important player on a championship team and won several awards for his athletic skills. Then, following high school, Alphonso Smith played football at Wake Forest University in North Carolina from 2004-2008. He played for one of the best coaches in the history of the game, Jim Grobe and he managed to set a school record for interceptions. Even today, he holds the ACC record for career interceptions, with 21. While playing for the Demon Deacons, he was chosen as a first-team All-ACC and a second-team All-American. He also received an excellent education, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in History from Wake Forest.

Then, in 2009, Alphonso Smith was drafted by the Denver Broncos of the NFL. He played in the league for four years, for both the Broncos and the Detroit Lions. After his final release, Alphonso spent some time as a sideline reporter and broadcaster with IMG in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was then hired as an assistant coach for Carver High School in Winston Salem before he decided to return home.