Popularity comes in many forms and is often fuelled by many sources, some for good deeds and others for not so palatable deeds propelled by many negating factors. The latter is the case of Zach Smith, a former football assistant coach of Ohio State wide receivers who hit the news headlines in the early years of his career due to some negative actions mated on his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
AS is often the case when a man is accused of physical abuse on a woman, Zach Smith did his utmost best to survive the scandal that ensued the reports when they initially came up but his efforts were not enough to vindicate him and keep his career intact at the end of the saga.
Who is Zach Smith The Former Ohio State Coach?
Zach Smith was born on the 18th of February, 1985, in Dublin, Ohio, USA t parents whose name he has withheld from the media. Being that he caught media attention during trying times, Smith has done his best at keeping details of his early life and family away from the public. Details concerning his early years and family; parents and siblings, are still not available but it is known that he spent his childhood days around the city of Columbus.
He had his high school education at the Dublin Coffman High School after which he went on to further his education at Bowling Green State University where he ran his undergraduate degree. Next, he made a move for the University of Florida in a bid to attain a certificate in Sports Management, as he aimed to have a professional career in sports.
A young and eager Zach Smith started his career first as a football player before venturing into coaching. During his study at the University of Florida, he had met elite football coach Urban Meyer in an encounter that strengthened his resolve to build a career in sports especially after Meyer remarked that he saw Zach Smith as a big potential in coaching.
Making the most of the opportunity he had come across, Smith joined Urban Meyer to the Florida Gators football team where he was privileged to work as a graduate assistant and quality control coach for five years. While he prepared himself for bigger opportunities as a full-time coach, Zach Smith got engaged in other jobs. He, fortunately, got a job as a wide receiver’s coach with Ohio State wide receivers through the help and assistance of his former boss, Urban Meyer who was made the head coach of Ohio State Football in November 2011.
Zach Smith was married to Courtney Smith, however, details of their relationship timeline is not known since they only came to limelight when the issues of their custody battles escalated. Their union while it lasted, was blessed with two children; Cameron Smith (Son) and Quinn Olivia Smith (Daughter). While they were married also, they were said to have had a troubled marriage which eventually led to a separation that happened to be the axe that shattered Zach Smith’s career.
Zach Smith’s Divorce
Zach Smith and Courtney Smith’s marital life was never a rosy one as cases of domestic violence and battery continued to emerge over the years. In June 2009, Zach Smith was arrested for aggravated battery when he reportedly threw a pregnant Courtney Smith unto a wall after an intense bout of argument in the house. At the time, Zach was working as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida under Urban Meyer. Reports had it that Meyer was aware of the incident and tried to counsel the young couple with his wife.
But even with the counsel from Meyer and his wife, Zach Smith didn’t take a chill as he was reportedly investigated by the Ohio police on charges of domestic violence against his wife, Courtney even though they were already separated at this point.
Consequences of the Abuse Allegations
Issues soon escalated when Courtney alleged that Urban Meyer was aware of the situation of violence but was regularly protecting her ex-husband, Zach Smith. This was made known by reporter, Brett McMurphy, who stirred a hornet’s nest by the revealing report. The charges intensified things at work and resulted in Urban Meyer taking an administrative leave after he had fired Zach Smith as an assistant coach.
The 2015 domestic abuse investigation never ended there as Zach Smith was charged with criminal trespass in July 2018 due to an incident that occurred on May 12, 2018. He had violated the terms of their divorce by going to her home to drop off their son, Cameron Smith. Through reports, it was made known that Smith did that regularly and that forced Courtney to not go ahead with the charges.
Zach Smith’s Net Worth
Zach Smith has always been a football lover, having started off his career as an American Football player. His work as a professional coach has seen him serve different teams at different levels over the years. Through his good efforts, he has earned well over the years even though the domestic violence cut him short of the greatness he would have come into in his career. His net worth has been pegged at $255,000.