Melvin Smith: Chemistry is the most important thing
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 11, 2013
Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison don't foresee any problems working together coaching Auburn's secondary next season.
"When we worked together we were able to do some really nice things because we clicked," Smith said. "We really are brothers from different mothers. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We always are trying to figure out the best way for our players to do it. And we're both really spiritual men so we can really get along. We click. We look after each other."
Smith and Harbison have done it before at Mississippi State, and they were reunited this year by Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who hired Smith to coach cornerbacks and Harbison to coach safeties and be co-defensive coordinator.
"Neither one of us have egos," Harbison said. "It's not about us. It's about Coach (Gus) Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers."
Communication and chemistry on a coaching staff is critical, Smith said.
"It's everything," he said. "When you go to battle, when you get in a fox hole, you want to know how people are going to respond in hard times. Chemistry is the most important thing you can have in my opinion on a team. Players to players. Players to coaches. Coaches to coaches. There's nothing like that. It's easy to communicate when you know who you are communicating with."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org