The Colorado football family got hit hard by wildfires this week, including inside linebackers coach Mark Smith, who lost his home.
Wildfires whipped up by high winds have burned up hundreds of homes between Denver and Boulder.
That means there are countless stories of families who now have stories of devastation to share. Sadly, one of them is from the college football coaching community.
Colorado football inside linebackers coach Mark Smith revealed in a tweet that his home was one of the more than 500 homes lost in the blaze.
Colorado football LBs coach Mark Smith lost his home in wildfires
“Just got word that every material possession we had today is now gone. Our home, cars, and everything we had in our home lost to the fires that ripped through our community,” Smith tweeted on Thursday night. “Thank you to those who reached out. Processing how to completely start over and grateful for our health.”
Smith came to Colorado to join Karl Dorrell’s staff as the inside linebackers coach early in 2021. He had been the defensive coordinator at FCS Long Island University, though he didn’t get to coach there because of COVID-19 canceling the 2020 fall slate. Before that he was a defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas in 2018 and 2019.
Before landing his first full-fledged gig as an assistant, Smith spent time as an analyst at SMU and Oklahoma. He was a high school head coach at L.D. Bell in Texas from 2011 to 2014.