Matt Smith has been named as Director of Special Projects for the Soccer Association of Columbia. Starting in August 2012, Smith will support and develop three new programs; The College Prep program, the SAC Player Development Institute (SPDI), and the SAC Alumni Development Association. In addition, Matt will be involved in the development of a volunteer database and fund raising activities.
Matt is a former 4x All Conference College Soccer player, and College All-American who played professionally with the Maryland Bays of the APSL. In 1988, Matt Smith began his coaching career at Towson University as an assistant, while also coaching; and eventually directing, the boys Maryland Olympic Development Program. In 1993, Matt was named Head Coach at Johns Hopkins University and served in that position for 15 years. While at Hopkins, Matt achieved a win loss record of 240-45-19, making him one of the top ten college soccer coaches by winning percentage in NCAA history. Upon retiring from JHU, Matt served as director of Crystal Palace USA Youth Academy. Matt Smith is one of a small number of coaches who has coached youth and college soccer teams to National Championship games. Matt also serves as Co-Director of the Elite 300 Soccer Academy which is considered one of the Top College recruiting camps in the United States.
Matt is a Howard County product and started playing soccer in SAC with the Oakland Mills Village teams. He has been married for 23 years to Kathy Tucci Smith, and has 3 daughters who all played/play soccer in SAC programs. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University, a Masters degree in Education from the University of Maryland and Advanced Professional Teaching Certification through Johns Hopkins University. Matt has also taught for 9 years in the Howard County public school system.
Matt is very happy to receive this appointment and has this to say about the opportunity:
“I am truly honored to join the Soccer Association of Columbia. I grew up as a member of SAC, learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and commitment as a SAC player, and developed lifelong friendships that helped shape the person I am today. I am very proud to help SAC continue to grow and look forward to working closely with the SAC community for many years to come.”