Jonathan Smith, who had posted some of the most prolific games in the history of Husky Stadium as an Oregon State quarterback, came to Seattle as the Huskies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2014 season. He enters his third season in those roles in 2016.
In 2015, Smith coached true freshman quarterback Jake Browning, the first true freshman ever to start a season-opener at Washington. Browning's progress during the season mirrored the Husky offense's as the UW averaged 513 yards of total offense and 26 first downs per game over its final four games. Browning passed for 2,955 yards, fifth-most ever at Washington, and also finished in the top 10 in UW history in completions, attempts, completion percentage and pass efficiency.
In his first season at Washington, Smith coordinated an offense that scored the fourth-most points in Washington history, while passing for the sixth-most yards ever at UW. Despite utilizing three different starting quarterbacks, the UW threw only six interceptions in total (ninth-fewest in the nation) and ranked No. 22 in the nation in completion percentage with a .638 team mark.
Smith, who threw for an OSU-record 469 yards vs. the Huskies' in an epic game as Beavers QB in 1998, came to Montlake with 12 prior years of coaching experience, including 10 as a quarterbacks coach.
The last two years prior to joining the UW staff, Smith worked on Petersen's staff at Boise State. In 2012, his first season, he helped coach first-year starting QB Joe Southwick to a completion percentage of .669, fifth-best in school history, as the Broncos finished 11-2 on the season.
In 2013, despite an injury that kept Southwick out for a significant portion of the season, Boise State quarterbacks completed 70.6 percent of their passes for 3,610 yards.
Prior to his move to Boise, Smith spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana, leading the Grizzlies to the NCAA Division I semifinals in 2011.
Montana ranked No. 16 in the nation in scoring offense in both of his two seasons there, averaging 31.7 points in 2010 and 33.9 in 2011. In his first year, the Griz also ranked 21st in total offense (420.4) and 28th in passing offense (233.6) and the 2011 squad ranked 17th in rushing offense (210.9).
From 2004 through 2009, Smith was quarterbacks coach at Idaho. In 2009, his last year with the Vandals, he helped Idaho to an average of 451.38 yards per game in total offense, ninth-best in the nation. The Vandals also ranked No. 12 in passing offense (286.7) and 20th in scoring (32.7). Quarterback Nathan Enderle finished the year ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in passing efficiency with a 157.28 mark.
Smith began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Oregon State, in 2002 and 2003, working under Dennis Erickson the first year and Mike Riley the second.
As a junior in 2001, Smith led the Beavers to their best-ever season as OSU finished the season 11-1, tied for the Pac-10 championship along with Oregon and Washington. The Beavers beat Notre Dame, 41-7, in the Fiesta Bowl, a game in which Smith was named offensive MVP. The Beavers finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll.
Originally a walk-on, he set then-career records at Oregon State for passing yards (9,680), total offense (9,209) and touchdowns (55). His 3,053 passing yards and 20 TDs in 1999 were also good for school records.
Smith, a two-time captain for the Beavers, finished his career ranked No. 3 in Pac-10 history in both passing yards and total offense.
A three-year starting quarterback at Glendora (Calif.) High, Smith graduated from high school in 1997 and earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Oregon State in Dec., 2001. He and his wife, Candice, have three children, Robert, Bella and Charles.
• 2014-2016 – Washington – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• 2012-2013 – Boise State – Quarterbacks
• 2010-2011 – Montana – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
• 2004-2009 – Idaho – Quarterbacks
• 2002-2003 – Oregon State – Graduate Assistant