Assistant Special Teams Coach
6th Year in the NFL • 2nd Year with the Bills
Matthew Smiley is in his second year with the
Buffalo Bills as the team’s assistant special
In his first season in Buffalo, the Bills ranked seventh in the NFL in special
teams, according to the annual rankings compiled by esteemed NFL writer
Rick Gosselin. Along the way, kicker Stephen Hauschka set an NFL record
of 13 completed field goals from 50 or more yards. From 2013-16, Smiley
served as the assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He assisted a Jaguars special teams unit that finished the 2016 season
tied for seventh in kick returns (23.8 avg. yards) and 10th in net punt yards
(46.6 avg.). Before coaching in the NFL, Smiley worked at the college level,
spending time with Charleston Southern University (2013), Eastern Illinois
University (2012), Eureka College (2008-11) and Dartmouth College
Smiley graduated from Illinois in 2001. He served in the United States Air
Force as a maintenance officer in Grand Forks, N.D., upon graduation.
While on active duty, Smiley was deployed four times in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom and received the USAF Commendation Medal for his
efforts. While stationed in Grand Forks, he worked with the specialists at
the University of North Dakota where he coached two All-American kickers
in 2001 and 2003. Smiley also holds a master’s degree from North Dakota.
He and his wife Marissa have three daughters: Madelyn, Ella and Ava; and
one son, Caleb.
SMILEY’S COACHING HISTORY
Buffalo Bills 2017-present Assistant Special Teams Coach
Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-16 Assistant Special Teams
Charleston Southern 2013 Special Teams Coordinator
Eastern Illinois 2012 Special Teams Coordinator
Eureka College 2009-11 Defensive Coordinator
Eureka College 2008 Offensive Coordinator
Dartmouth College 2006-07 Special Teams Coordinator
Defensive Line Coach
7th Year in the NFL • 2nd Year with the Bills
Bill Teerlinck is in his second year with the
Buffalo Bills in 2018 and his first as the team’s
defensive line coach.
In 2017, Teerlinck was hired as the team’s assistant defensive line
coach. Prior to joining the Bills, he spent three seasons (2014-16) as the
University of Nevada’s defensive line coach and took on the responsibilities
of co-defensive coordinator in 2015. He coached one of the top defensive
linemen in the league in his first season at Nevada, helping Brock Hekking
earn 2013 first team All-Mountain West honors with 9.0 sacks. Teerlinck
spent five seasons (2007-11) as a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis
Colts. During his time there, Teerlinck worked with a defensive line that saw
Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis each selected to four Pro Bowls. He
also assisted the Colts with special teams.
Teerlinck played football at Chadron State in Nebraska, where he was a
linebacker and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in
2002. He and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Aubree, and a son, Bill, Jr.
TEERLINCK’S COACHING CAREER
Buffalo Bills 2018 Defensive Line Coach
Buffalo Bills 2017 Assistant Defensive Line
Indianapolis Colts 2007-11 Defensive Assistant
Nevada 2015-16 Co-Defensive Coordinator/
Nevada 2014 Defensive Line
Illinois State 2005-06 Defensive Line
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