Carolina Panthers head coach Dave Canales has brought on another familiar face to help establish his culture.
As announced by the organization on Thursday afternoon, Tracy Smith has been hired as the new special teams coordinator. The Panthers, in the same release, also made the hire of offensive coordinator Brad Idzik and the return of defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero official.
Smith, most recently, worked as an assistant special teams coach for the Seattle Seahawks. His 15 years of NFL service also include stops with the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers, the then-Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans—for whom he served as special teams coordinator for in 2020.
The Beaumont, Texas native shared a sideline with Canales in 2021 and 2022, when Canales served as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks.
He will now replace the role previously held by Chris Tabor, who also stepped in as the team’s interim head coach for the final six games of the 2023 campaign.