Matt Smith became the fifth head coach in Shenandoah University men's soccer history with his appointment to the position in January, 2017.
Smith, the winningest coach in both Johns Hopkins University and Centennial Conference history, came to Shenandoah after leading the men’s soccer program at Alfred (N.Y.) University from 2014-16.
In those three years at the helm of the Saxons program, Smith led the Empire 8 squad into the post-season in all three campaigns and saw AU earn three straight NSCAA national academic awards. The 2014 ECAC Tournament appearance for Alfred was the program’s first in 24 years and Smith was named as the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year.
Smith has a 266-66-27 career record with eight conference championships and 15 post-season appearances (nine NCAA, six ECAC) in his collegiate head coaching career and reached one NCAA championship game as the Johns Hopkins University head coach from 1993 through 2007.
His 240 overall wins and 117 league wins at Hopkins are both the most in both school and Centennial Conference history.
At Hopkins, he won league championships in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Blue Jays participated in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Following his stint at JHU, Smith was the US Academy Director for Crystal Palace FC from 2008-11 and the Special Projects Director for the Soccer Association of Columbia (Md.) from 2012-13.
The Columbia, Maryland native also was a professional player for the Maryland Bays of the APSL following his graduation from Towson University in 1988.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.
Smith and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters: Katie, Sophie and Julia.