Feature on Gamecock Women's Soccer won NBS award
Jamie Smith is in his 10th year as associate head coach and 12th season overall with the University of South Carolina women's soccer program in 2012. In his first two years at USC, Smith was an assistant coach for the Gamecocks before being promoted to associate head coach in April 2003.
Smith has been instrumental in developing South Carolina into the top defensive unite in the SEC and as one of the top units in the nation. In working with the backs, Smith has turned the program into a unit that has been ranked in the top two in the SEC every season since 2007. The squad led the conference in every major defensive category in 2009, including goals allowed, shots allowed, goals against average and shutouts. That was followed with a 2010 season where the defense squad had a streak of 11 consecutive games in limiting opponents to four shots on goal or less, and finished the regular season as the SEC's leader in every major defensive category including goals against average, shutouts, shots allowed and points allowed. The Gamecock defensive unit was once again the top in the league in 2011 with a goals against average that was 0.2 points lower than the next team, held seven of 11 SEC opponents to four shots on goal or less and posted nine shutouts in addition to leading the conference in nearly every defensive category including goals allowed and points allowed.
He has developed the top defensive players in South Carolina history, most notably Blakely Mattern who ended her career as a two-time All-American (2007 Freshman All-American, 2009 First Team All-American). Under Smith's guidance, Mattern became a four-time All-SEC player, the 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a 2009 consensus first team All-American. He has also developed 2007 Freshman All-American and 2010 Top Drawer Soccer All-American Brittiny Rhoades, all-region selections Melinda Carter, Courtney Cobbs and Ellen Fahey and All-SEC selections Sarah Lentz and Alison Jarrow.
A top recruiter and evaluator of talent, Smith earned his first collegiate coaching award in the Fall of 2003 when he was selected as one of the AFLAC Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College in 1994. While at PC, Smith was a three-year starter for the Friars' varsity team. Upon graduating, Smith held the Providence record for career saves and currently is second on the list at 263. Since graduating, he has served as assistant coach for three universities, including Brown where he held the position from 1999 to 2001.
At Brown, Smith's responsibilities included evaluating and recruiting players, scouting of opponents, and developing playing strategies. In addition, Smith was responsible for all aspects of fund-raising efforts including the Brown Youth Futbol School of Excellence, Spring Break Camp, and Youth Indoor Tournament.
Smith further cultivated his coaching talents assisting for three years at Dartmouth College and as assistant and Interim Head Coach at Vermont.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Smith held various positions with the Upper Valley Lightning Soccer Club in Hanover, N.H. from 1996 to 1998. The club is one of the largest in New Hampshire with over 2500 youth participants. Smith is also the Co-owner/Director of the World Class Soccer School in Shaftsbury, Vt. a youth summer day camp he established, developed and has operated from 1995 to the present. He also currently coordinates numerous camps in South Carolina.
Upon graduating from Providence, Smith played professionally in the United States Interregional Soccer League with the New Hampshire Phantoms in 1995 and 1996, the Vermont Wanderers in 1997, and the Vermont Voltage in 1998. Smith also trained and played with the Montreal Impact in 1997 and 1998. Smith has a National, Advanced National and Goalkeeping License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Smith graduated as a double-major in marketing and management from Providence and holds a United States Soccer Federation B License.