Zackry Smith was hired as an assistant football coach at Berry College in March of 2015. He oversees the Vikings’ defensive line and added special teams coordinator prior to the 2018 campaign.
In 2018, Smith's defensive line only allowed a league-best 118 rushing yards per game, leading Berry to its third straight SAA title Behind Smith, the Vikings finished the year with six contests in which they allowed two or fewer opponent touchdowns. Smith's defensive line led Berry to an 8-0 conference record in 2017, allowing just 74.2 rushing yards per game, enroute to Berry's first NCAA playoffs appearance.
Smith's defensive line was among the top fronts in NCAA Division III in 2016, ranking No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (66.6). He also coached Mamadou Soumahoro to All-America honors (the first in program history) and an SAA Defensive Player of the Year honor. Berry also led the SAA with 32 sacks and 12 fumble recoveries. In his first year with the Vikings, Smith's defensive line helped Berry lead the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in sacks (27), rushing yards per game (116.9) and interceptions (15). He also coached three All-SAA defensive lineman including Soumahoro.
Smith spent eight years as a part of the Shorter University football program as a player, a graduate assistant coach and as an assistant coach.
A native of Newnan, Ga., Smith coached the defensive line at Shorter for two years after serving as the Hawks' outside linebackers coach for during 2010 and 2011.
Smith began his college playing career at Presbyterian College from 2002-04, where he was a two-year starter and was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year.
In 2006, Smith transferred to Shorter, but saw his time on the field come to an end due to injury. He then transitioned to coaching as a student assistant while completing his bachelor's degree in public relations. Smith served as a student assistant coach along the defensive line, and later completed his master's degree while a graduate assistant coach.
He lives in Rome with his wife Bethany Jo Smith, his son Zackry O'Neal and his daughter Ivy Bea.