Tobias Smith will enter his first season as the offensive line coach with the Mississippi Delta Community College football program in 2020.
The Columbus native comes to Moorhead from Heritage Academy, where he spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons as the school’s offensive line coach. He helped the Patriots claim the 2019 Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) AAAAA state championship, and oversaw the development of three offensive lineman that signed collegiate scholarships to continue playing at the next level.
Prior to his stint at Heritage, Smith spent the 2014-2017 seasons as the offensive line coach at Columbus High School, his alma mater. He also served as a graduate assistant coach at Mississippi State University in 2013, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a win in the annual Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
Smith had a highly-decorated playing career as an offensive lineman at Mississippi State from 2008-2012. Despite battling through leg injuries throughout his career, he still found a way to earn Southeastern Conference (SEC) Offensive Lineman of the Week honors on two different occasions.
He was a preseason All-SEC candidate in 2011 after playing in all 12 games in 2010, in what amounted to his first full season after battling a leg and ankle injury in the two years prior to. In 2010, he helped pave the way for a Bulldogs offense that averaged 214.8 rushing yards per game, which was good enough for the second highest average in the SEC. Smith finished the season with an impressive 36 knockdown blocks.
In his time as a student-athlete at Columbus High School, he was ranked as the No. 34 offensive guard prospect in the country and as the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com. He was chosen to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game and was chosen to the All-State first team by The Clarion-Ledger after his senior season.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree (with a concentration in education and sociology) from MSU and later completed his master’s degree in workforce educational leadership from State as well.
He currently resides in Moorhead with his wife, Gabrielle, and daughter, Ava Reign.