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Alumni Profile: Scott Smith

Scott Smith 1990 Yearbook Photo.Scott Smith was a fixture on the Raiders defense for 18 years but his path to the Raiders was filled with excitement and great memories. Smith’s football career started at Racine Lutheran High School in 1975.

Who would have ever guessed that 20 years later he would be named head coach of that very same high school? He’s been a fixture on the sideline at Racine Lutheran practically ever since, only taking a two year hiatus. During that time, he relinquished the reigns to former Raiders head coach Gino Perfetto. That allowed Smith the chance to travel to Missouri to watch his son, Casey, play college football.

Smith played linebacker for Lutheran, earning All-Conference honors his senior season, but the wrestling mat is where he dominated. He was a four-time state qualifier in wrestling. Smith moved on to Concordia University-Nebraska to play college football where he earned All-Conference honors his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons while also being named an All-American his senior year.

Smith was signed by the Detroit Lions in 1983 as a free agent and was released right before the season started. He came back to Racine and started his career with the Raiders. A year-and-a-half later, the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football League came calling and signed him to a free agent contract.

Scott Smith blindsides Dave Mages of the Milwaukee Express.A lasting memory for Scott from that period was when Larry Csonka, former Miami Dolphins great and then player personnel manager for the Bulls, picked him up at the Jacksonville airport in a limo. Unfortunately for Smith, he was released before the start of the season and returned to Racine to continue his Raiders career. And what a career it was. Smith earned several team honors, including most valuable player, along with numerous conference, league, and national honors.

Smith was inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Racine Raiders Hall of Fame in 2015. He fondly recalls the national championships he played in, especially the ones the Raiders won, but Smith remembers all the great people and great friends he made while with the Raiders, many who are still close friends with him to this day.

Smith and his lovely bride, Cindi, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 7 of this year. They have a beautiful daughter. Brittney (28). who lives in Nashville, and a son. Casey (25). who lives in Racine and is a police officer in Mount Pleasant and was a stellar football player as well. The apple didn’t fall too far from that tree.

The Racine Raiders would like to thank Smith for all he has done for the Raiders including helping make the Raiders defense one of the most feared defenses of that time. The Raiders also would like to thank him for his dedication and commitment to coaching our area youth, both at Lutheran High School and local youth leagues.