Brian Smith

Coaching Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Brian Theo Smith
Born
Sunday, 14th March, 1954
Current Age
70 years and 121 days
Place Of Birth
Maclean, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

Based only on data available in the RLP database. This information should be used as a guide only.

Dally M Coach Of The Year
2001, 2010

Known Family Links

Brother
Tony Smith
Son
Rohan Smith

Biography

Former Casino halfback's career was kept in check by his more illustrious namesake, Billy Smith, at St George in the mid-1970s before moving on to Souths. Brian Smith did not play in 1977-78, coaching instead with James Cook High and Newtown U’23s, before returning to Souths as a player in 1979. After three years as a lower grade coach with Souths (U’23s premiers in 1981), Smith was appointed first grade coach of Illawarra in 1984. He had very little to work with however, and the Steelers finished last in consecutive years (1985-86) before he departed in 1987. At Hull in England in 1988-89, Smith built the struggling club into a competitive force after snaring the services of players he had been associated with - Craig Coleman, David Moon, David Boyle, Jeff Hardy and most notably, former I’warra halfback Greg Mackey. Hull made the premiership final that year, losing to Widnes, but the club won the final under the direction of Noel Cleal after Smith returned to Australia to accept the position of St George coach in 1991. Within two seasons Smith had taken St George to the grand final against a champion Brisbane club but suffered the disappointment of a second successive defeat in the 1993 decider. Smith, who weathered the fall-out from the club's failure to make the semi-finals in 1994, left the Dragons for English club Bradford at the end of 1995. Returning to Sydney to coach P’matta in 1997, Smith took the Eels to the qualifying final in three successive years (1998-00) before his young charges captured the minor premiership in 2001 and qualified for the grand final – the Eels’ first appearance in a premiership decider since 1986. Although P’matta faltered at the last hurdle in a marvellous season (it was also Smith’s third grand final loss as coach), the articulate and headstrong P’matta coach appeared to have built a great foundation for future club success and signed an extended contract with the club. However, the Eels squandered this opportunity with their player retention policy and three lacklustre seasons resulted in Smith copping much of the backlash from sections of the media and some P’matta fans. After the Eels failed to make the grand final in 2005, after winning the minor premiership, Smith’s contract was not renewed past the 2006 season. After being replaced by Michael Hagan in early 2006 he signed on as Newcastle coach for 2007 (ironically, Hagan’s former club). Smith appeared to lose the respect of his players in 2006, and the support of club administrators, and he stood down as P’matta coach after almost ten years at the helm.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Coaching Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition     Games W L D Win %  
City vs Country - 3 1 2 0 33.33% List
NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership - 601 305 285 11 50.75% List
NSWRL/ARL/NRL Finals - 28 15 13 0 53.57% List
Anzac Cup - 3 0 3 0 0.00% List
Super League - 34 19 15 0 55.88% List
Challenge Cup - 8 5 3 0 62.50% List
English Championship - 84 51 32 1 60.71% List
Premiership Trophy - 5 2 3 0 40.00% List
Regal Trophy - 7 3 4 0 42.86% List
Yorkshire Cup - 7 4 3 0 57.14% List
Midweek Cup - 6 1 5 0 16.67% List
Challenge Cup AU - 9 4 4 1 44.44% List
UK Second Division - 8 4 4 0 50.00% List


International

International Matches - By Team

Team Years   Games W L D Win %  
Thailand 2017   2 1 1 0 50.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   Games W L D Win %  
NSW Country 2001-03   3 1 2 0 33.33% List


Club Career

NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership - By Year

Team Season   Games W L D Win %  
Illawarra NSWRL 1984 Winfield Cup   24 12 12 0 50.00% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1985 Winfield Cup   24 5 19 0 20.83% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1986 Winfield Cup   24 7 17 0 29.17% List
Illawarra NSWRL 1987 Winfield Cup   24 8 16 0 33.33% List
St George NSWRL 1991 Winfield Cup   22 11 8 3 50.00% List
St George NSWRL 1992 Winfield Cup   26 17 9 0 65.38% List
St George NSWRL 1993 Winfield Cup   25 19 6 0 76.00% List
St George NSWRL 1994 Winfield Cup   22 9 13 0 40.91% List
St George ARL 1995 Winfield Cup   23 13 10 0 56.52% List
Parramatta ARL 1997 Optus Cup   24 14 9 1 58.33% List
Parramatta 1998 NRL Premiership   27 19 7 1 70.37% List
Parramatta 1999 NRL Premiership   26 18 8 0 69.23% List
Parramatta 2000 NRL Telstra Premiership   29 16 12 1 55.17% List
Parramatta 2001 NRL Telstra Premiership   29 22 5 2 75.86% List
Parramatta 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership   25 10 13 2 40.00% List
Parramatta 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 11 13 0 45.83% List
Parramatta 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 9 15 0 37.50% List
Parramatta 2005 NRL Telstra Premiership   26 17 9 0 65.38% List
Parramatta 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership   9 2 7 0 22.22% List
Newcastle 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 9 15 0 37.50% List
Newcastle 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 12 12 0 50.00% List
Newcastle 2009 NRL Telstra Premiership   20 10 10 0 50.00% List
Sydney 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership   28 17 11 0 60.71% List
Sydney 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 10 14 0 41.67% List
Sydney 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership   24 8 15 1 33.33% List

NSWRL/ARL/NRL Premiership - By Team

Team Years   Games W L D Win %  
Illawarra 1984-87   96 32 64 0 33.33% List
St George 1991-95   118 69 46 3 58.47% List
Parramatta 1997-06   243 138 98 7 56.79% List
Newcastle 2007-09   68 31 37 0 45.59% List
Sydney 2010-12   76 35 40 1 46.05% List
Overall1984-2012   601 305 285 11 50.75% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season   Games W L D Win %  
Hull 1988/89   35 22 13 0 62.86% List
Hull 1989/90   34 20 13 1 58.82% List
Hull 1990/91   14 10 4 0 71.43% List
Bradford 1995/96   22 9 13 0 40.91% List
Bradford 1996   28 21 7 0 75.00% List
Wakefield Trinity 2015   15 5 10 0 33.33% List
Wakefield Trinity 2016   5 1 4 0 20.00% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years   Games W L D Win %  
Hull 1988-90   83 52 30 1 62.65% List
Bradford 1995-96   50 30 20 0 60.00% List
Wakefield Trinity 2015-16   20 6 14 0 30.00% List
Overall1988-2016   153 88 64 1 57.52% List

Your Say

  • John
    17/03/2018

    Why is this record attached to the Brian Smith Alan Jones conscripted from Rugby Union to eplace Gary Freeman at Balmain?

  • Anonymous
    27/09/2022

    This person who was also a PEteacher at James cook high school use to cane his students with a nasty grin and pleasure I was one of these students

  • Ed
    13/01/2024

    Had a very brief stint with Port Kembla in 1977.

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