Born on May 4, 1951
May 6, 2007
3-year letterman; team captain 1968; All-Calumet Conference 1967; All-State Honorable Mention 1967; Top Scholar Athlete 1969 (James Benfield Award).
Valparaiso University, BS, Indiana University, MS
Athletic director at Crown Point, Highland and Fountain Central; assistant athletic director at Crown Point, Highland and Attica. Past-president Indiana Football Coaches Association. Developed the Academic All-State Teams for IFCA in 1980 (first sport in Indiana to recognize high school academic excellence). Received the Joe Tiller Chapter of National Football Foundation "Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football" Award 2008. Member of board of directors of the Tiller Chapter of NFF. Received the Hub Etchison Distinguished Service Award from the IFCA in 2022.
Wife, Stella Schafer-Smith; daughters Jennifer Back (husband, Corey) and Karen Hescher (husband, Derek). Stepdaughters, Katie Dees (husband, Julius), Laura Schafer, and Carly Schafer. Grandchildren; Monty and Miles Back, Ryan, Anna and Allison Hescher.
Coaching Experience: Portage's Fegely Middle School football coach 1973-1974; assistant football coach at Portage HS 1975-1977; head coach at Crown Point 1978-1994, with record of 100-67 (winningest coach in Crown Point history); head coach at Highland, IN, 1996-2002, with record of 39-25; head coach at Attica, IN, 2003-2006; assistant coach at Fountain Central HS 2009 to 2012, assistant coach at McCutcheon from 2022-2023.Coaching Honors: Defensive Coordinator of AAA State Champions 1977; Crown Point teams - Lake Suburban Champions 1984, 1985, 1987; Runner-up 1979, 1988, 1990, 1991; Sectional Champions 1988, 1991; Regional Champions 1988; Highland teams - LAC Black Division Champions 1997, 1998, 1999; LAC Coach of the Year 1998, 1999, 2001; Region 1 Coach of the Year 4 times; Fountain Central teams - WRC, Sectional, Regional, and Semi-State Champions, and, Class A State Runner-up 2009, 2010; North All-Star assistant coach 1985 and head coach 1988.Outstanding Players Coached: Portage: Mark Devyak, Mark Barnes, Larry Justice. Crown Point: Brian Graden, Tom Yohe, Tom McConnell, John Young, Brad Lambert, Ed Mysogland, Chris Charters, Rhett Ballou, Mike Bauner, Mike Minch, Mark Minch, Rob Hadrick and Chip Pettit. Highland: Kevin Boyd, Martin Havens and Curtis Bush. Attica: Zach Gilmore. Jacob Wolfe. Fountain Central: Scott Moore, Zach Robertson, Andrew Mitchell, Michael Duane, Eli Moore and Jack Bolin.