Jerold Smith is likely the only athlete to earn twelve varsity letters from Hardin-Simmons University. In football, he played tackle and end under coach Frank Bridges as the Cowboys went 17-12-4 and defeated schools such as Texas Tech, West Texas State and Texas-El Paso. In basketball he was an All-Conference guard for four years. In track, he competed in the discus, shot put and hurdles competition. In 1939 Smith coached Jal High School in New Mexico to the state championship in football. Smith returned to HSU in 1940, where he served as line coach under Frank Kimbrough as the Cowboys went 9-0 and allowed an average of 8.4 points per game. He also served as basketball coach for several years as well as coaching the track team.