Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
Gene Smith
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Norwich '98
Experience: 1st Year

Smith joins the program with a plethora of coaching experiencing across Division II and Division III NCAA levels along with a recruiting experience that has developed classes that have garnered multiple All-American’s, All-Region, All-Conference, Players of the Year, Freshman Team selections, and Defensive Players of the Year.

Smith previously served as the head women’s soccer coach at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Smith was named GMAC Coach of the Year after winning the 2015 Regular Season Championship and earning a NCAA Midwest Regional Ranking. Smith left Davis and Elkins with a 25-11-3 overall record and coached three student-athletes to All-Conference selections and two to All-Freshman selections. Smith also coached the Freshman and Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

Prior to his time with Davis and Elkins, Smith spent four years as a head coach and an assistant coach at the California University of Pennsylvania. As the head coach from 2012-2014, Cal U were the two-time PSAC Regular Season Champions and the PSAC Champions in 2014. The Vulcans earned a NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in 2013 along with a NCAA Regional Championship appearance in 2014 and a Top 25 National Ranking in 2013 and 2014, complying a 34-8-3 overall record under Smith’s time as head coach.

As an assistant coach, the Vulcans compiled an impressive 38-2-6 overall record (.891) and a dominating 24-1-3 mark (.911) in conference play. Cal U also earned berths to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons after previously reaching the post-season only once prior to 2010.

Smith previously served five seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Plymouth State, an NCAA Division III program in Plymouth, N.H. While with the Panthers, he guided the program to 30-46-10 overall record (.407) with four-straight appearances in the Little East Conference Tournament (2005-08). During his tenure, he coached two-time, all-conference forward Lauren Lavery, who finished her career among the Panthers’ all-time leaders in goals, assists and points.

A native of Connecticut, Smith finished his playing career as a two-year starter at NCAA Division III Norwich (Vt.) after originally playing at Xavier. He has also competed and coached for several premier teams in his home state. Smith also enjoyed success in semi-professional and professional settings with various teams in the United Soccer League (USL) and abroad.

In addition to his collegiate experience, he served as the Director of Coaching for the New Hampshire Classics and was the head coach of the under-17 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. Under Smith’s direction, the team advanced to the regional finals in back-to-back seasons – a first for New Hampshire Soccer. He also served with the US Youth Soccer ODP in Connecticut and Vermont.

Smith currently holds a “B” license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He earned his undergraduate degree from Norwich in 1998 before completing a master’s degree from Northeastern (Mass.) in 2009.