The 1999 New England Football Conference Coach of the Year, Dwight Smith has been on the sidelines for every game in the history of Engineer football. Taking over the reins as head coach of the Tech club program in 1979 after a one-year stint as an assistant, Coach Smith led the Engineers into its varsity game on September 24, 1988. During Tech's 30-year run on the gird-iron, Smith's unit has compiled a 97-154-1 mark.
Persevering as the long-time commander of MIT football, Smith has picked up additional numerous awards and postseason accolades throughout his tenure. In 1983, Smith was named the New England College Football Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Engineers to a 5-4 record. He was honored by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference for his contributions to the league at the conclusion of the 1996 season and was the ECFC Coach of the Year in 1997. In 1999, Smith was named co-Coach of the Year in the New England Football Conference. In 2007, Smith received the Ron Burton Distinguished American Award for Lifetime Acheivement sponsored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Smith began his coaching career as an assistant along the offensive line at Bates College. After a brief stint, Smith moved to Williams in 1977 maintaining his role as a coach along the front line. His stay at Williams also proved to be short, as MIT tabbed Smith to be a member of its staff, solidifying the future of Tech football.