TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Courtesy FAMU Sports Information) – Florida A&M head football coach Alex Wood confirmed Tuesday the departure of two coaches from last season’s staff. Special teams and recruiting coordinator Dennis Smith and defensive line coach Walter Stewart have taken jobs at other institutions and Wood is actively seeking to fulfill the vacant positions. Alex Peffley, graduate assistant, began immediately serving in the role of recruiting coordinator as the Feb. 1 national signing day approaches.
Smith, will return closer to his home as an assistant coach with McNeese State. He will work under head coach Lance Guidry, with whom he and Wood have worked before.
McNeese plays in the NCAA FCS Division as a member of the Southland Conference.
“I would like to thank Dennis for his work here as recruiting coordinator and special teams coach. His move is one that makes sense at this point in his career and I think he will do well,” Wood said.
Stewart, who is engaged, will also move closer to where he played at the University of Cincinnati. Stewart, who Wood afforded the opportunity to coach the defensive line last season, will join head coach Mark Elder as he assembles his new staff at Eastern Kentucky University.
“Walter came to us from the University of Tennessee and he took the opportunity to be a position coach here with us, as defensive line coach. We wish him well in his new chapter at EKU,” Wood said.