SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara women's soccer head coach Jerry Smith has been named the 2013 NSCAA West Region Women's Coach of the Year. Smith led the Broncos to a 14-4-2 mark overall and a share of the West Coast Conference title with an 8-1-0 mark in conference action. This is the time Smith has been honored with the award.
"Any time someone wins Coach of the Year, they have so many people to thank," said Smith. "First of all I would like to thank my coaching staff and support staff. Winning Coach of the Year means your team had a great season and so many people had to make contributions. We did have a great season and had a great staff as well as great players that made a commitment to going after some lofty goals. Because of the players' commitment and the staffs' commitment, their attention to detail and passion for our program we had a great season. I appreciate the recognition from my fellow coaches and want to thank my staff and players for the great season we had this year."
To qualify for consideration, a coach must be an individual NSCAA member as well as have a successful record for that season. In addition, the coach should exhibit:
- Knowledge of the game (rules, systems, coaching philosophy)
- Rapport with the team (respect of the players)
- Team image (team conduct, style of play, performance)
- Conduct on the field (positive behavior)
- Work for coaches organization (meetings, committees)
- Outside involvement (clinics, camps, conventions)
- Community involvement (leagues, banquets)
- Rapport with other coaches (cooperative, considerate)
- Rapport with officials
- Relationship with media (cooperative, considerate)
- Service to the NSCAA
Smith is now in the pool for National Coach of the Year.
In Smith's 27th season on the Mission campus, Santa Clara was the second highest scoring team in the country, scoring 2.82 goals per game and outscored opponents 62-25. The Broncos advanced to the Sweet 16, failing to advance on penalty kicks to top-seeded No. 4 Virginia Tech.
Smith has racked up a long list of accolades in his illustrious coaching career at Santa Clara. He has led the Broncos to 10 Final Fours, 10 WCC titles, and the 2001 National Championship. Smith has coached 17, National Team Players, 11 Academic All-Americans, eight WCC Players of the Year, seven WCC Freshmen of the Year, four National Players of the Year, three U.S. Soccer Young Female Athletes of the Year, two Olympic Gold Medalists, and two M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winners. He has been named WCC Coach of the Year seven times and NSCAA Coach of the Year once.