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Andrew E. Smith

Interim Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation


aesmith@marywood.edu

Athletic Recreation Depart.

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Andrew Smith recently completed his 22nd season as Head Women's Soccer Coach at Marywood in the fall of 2021. A 3-0 victory over Cairn University on April 25, 2021 gave Smith his 200th career coaching victory as the Pacers went 2-1 in an abbreviated 2020-21 season. The fall 2020 season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the conclusion of the 2021 season, his 22nd at the helm of the program, Smith had led the Pacers to 14 consecutive post-season tournaments (16 overall) as well as the 2016 and 2008 CSAC Championships and NCAA tournaments and the 2018 Atlantic East Championship.

Smith also serves as the University's Associate Director of Athletics where he is involved in all facets of the day-to-day operations of the athletic department and oversees external operations. He served as the University's Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation for Communications from 2010-2019. Before that, he served six years as Director of Sports Information and Athletics Promotion (2004-2010).

Under Smith’s leadership, the Pacers have amassed an overall record of 213-158-27 (.569) in 22 seasons with a 132-44-15 (.730) mark in Conference play in 21 seasons (no conference season in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic). Over the past 14 seasons, the Pacers have gone an astounding 106-17-14 (.825) in league play where they qualified for the conference post-season each time. During his tenure, Smith’s teams have registered at least 10 wins 12 times (seven consecutive from 2006-2012) and have finished the Conference regular season in first place, or tied for first, nine times. Smith has also been named the Conference's "Coach of the Year" on seven occasions - 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2021.

Despite dealing with numerous season ending injuries to key players in 2018, Smith's squad ran through the Atlantic East post-season tournament to capture the inaugural Conference Championship. As the fourth seed, the Pacers defeated #5 Marymount (4-2), #2 Wesley (1-0) and #6 Immaculata (1-0) en route to the program's third conference title. Unfortunately, the Atlantic East will not have an Automatic Qualifier (tournament champion) to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament until 2020, the league's third year of existence.

In 2019, Marywood had an outstanding conference regular season, going 5-1 in league play to earn their eighth regular season championship and the top seed of the post-season tournament. There, Marywood defeated #4 Immaculata 2-0 in the semifinals before falling by an identical score to Cabrini in the title game. 2019 also saw Smith produce the program's sixth conference Player of the Year, as Jackie VonItter earned the honor. In total, the Pacers placed six players on All-Conference teams - four on the first team and two on the second team.

Marywood went 6-0 in Atlantic East regular season action in 2021, locking up the top-seed in the post-season tournament. Ultimately, the Pacers fell to #2 Cabiini on penalty kicks in the title game. Marywood was awarded a Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) post-season berth and finished the season at 13-5-1. The Pacers placed a program record eight student-athletes on the AEC First Team and had Josephine Sorce named as the Conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Smith, along with assistants Grace Stiles and Chris Litzenberger, were named the AEC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Smith's 2008 squad captured the CSAC Championship to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and repeated that feat in 2016. His 2009 and 2017 teams captured the regular season title and finished as Conference runner-up.

In 2010, despite falling in penalty kicks in the CSAC semifinals, the Pacers rebounded and claimed the school’s first ever post-season championship with an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region Championship. The Pacers won three games on the road without surrendering a goal and as the sixth seed beat the three, two and one seeds en route to the title. Marywood also earned an ECAC South Region tournament bid in 2012.

From 1998-2002, Smith built the women’s soccer program from scratch and compiled a 43-44-2 record, leading the program to a Conference playoff berth in 2001. From 2001-2002, Smith's teams went 27-11-1. During that time, Smith produced a Conference Co-Rookie of the Year (Lindsay Pappas, 1999) and a Conference Player of the Year (Rebecca Grubb, 2002).

Following two seasons away where he worked as the Executive Director of the New River United Soccer Association in Blacksburg, Virginia, Smith returned to the Pacers’ sidelines in 2005 and promptly led the program to a 7-10 record and another Conference playoff berth. That five-game turnaround (Marywood was 2-15 in 2004) ranked 14th best in all of NCAA Division III. For his efforts in resurrecting the program, Smith was recognized by his peers as the 2005 Conference Coach of the Year.

In 2006, the Pacers continued that turnaround and finished at 10-7 and in 2007 the Pacers finished third in the conference with an 11-3-4 overall record (6-1-3 PAC). Marywood captured the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Championship in 2008 and earned the program’s first ever berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Marywood finished that 2008 season with a 13-5-3 overall record and ranked first in the CSAC with a 9-1 mark. Also in 2008, the program produced their first-ever United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America - NSCAA) Regional All-American and another Conference Player of the Year in defender Andrea Barker and the Conference Tournament MVP in goalkeeper Meghan Coyle. Smith was once again recognized as Conference Coach of the Year in 2008.

In 2009, the Pacers established a school record with a 15-game unbeaten streak. After starting 0-2, Marywood went 14-0-1 over their next 15 games which included a 9-0-1 mark in conference regular season play. Marywood placed five players on the Conference’s First Team, the highest in program history. Marywood also swept the Conference’s “Special Awards” as Smith picked up his third Coach of the Year honor while senior Lisa Hanselman was named the Player of the Year and freshman Olivia Habicht took home Rookie of the Year honors. Marywood lost in the Conference title game in overtime to give the Pacers a Runner-up finish. The Pacers’ scoring offense ranked 12th in the nation while their defense ranked 82nd in the nation for goals against average (0.894 goals against average). Marywood’s 14-3-1 record ranked them 21st in the nation with a .806 won-loss-tied percentage.

The 2010 Pacers again set new standards, this time posting a school record 15 wins (15-4-3 overall record) and registering 15 shutouts en route to an ECAC South Region Championship. Goaltender Meghan Coyle was credited with 14 of those shutouts, shattering the previous record. The Pacers shutout percentage (.682) was 10th best in the country. Marywood closed the 2010 campaign on a 10-game unbeaten streak and set numerous other program records in the process.

In 2011, facing the toughest non-conference schedule in program history, Marywood finished with a 10-8-1 overall record and was again the CSAC regular season champion and top seed with a 9-1-1 conference mark. Six of Marywood's eight losses came to teams that were regionally or nationally ranked at the time, with five of six being by just one goal. Marywood placed eight players on the All-Conference team and Siobhan Blancaflor, a first team selection, was selected to the Capital One District 4 All-Academic team as selected by College Sports Information Directors.

2012 brought more adversity for the Pacers with another tough non-conference slate, but the Pacers, despite battling numerous injuries, managed to go through their CSAC schedule with an unbeaten 10-0-1 mark to finish in first place. Another upset in the semifinals dashed the Pacers' hopes for a return trip to the NCAA tournament, but Marywood's strong performance in the second half of their season, coupled with their tough non-conference schedule, earned them another berth into the ECAC South Region tournament. Smith earned his fourth Coach of the Year Honor and junior defender Paige Madary was named the CSAC's Player of the Year. Blancaflor also earned her second consecutive CoSIDA All-Academic Award. Both Madary and Blancaflor were named to the 2012 United Soccer Coaches College Scholar All-East Region team as Honorable Mention selections.

In 2013, Marywood suffered their first losing season in nearly a decade, going 6-8-4. With several key players out for all or most of the season, Marywood managed a 6-2-3 CSAC record to qualify for their seventh consecutive post-season tournament. 2014 was another interesting year for the Pacers as they went 8-11-1 overall but had a 7-3 Conference record and advanced to the CSAC semifinals. Marywood reached the CSAC semifinals again in 2015 after going 6-2-3 in league play and earned the program's third berth into the ECAC South Region tournament. Marywood was 9-8-4 overall in 2015.

In 2016, Marywood finished 11-6-2 and were 9-1-1 in the CSAC, earning the top seed in the CSAC postseason where they defeated Gwynedd Mercy 1-0 in the semifinal and Centenary 3-2 in the Championship. Danielle Rill was named the CSAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Marywood advanced to the NCAA tournament where they fell to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), who was ranked #5 in the country.

2017 marked another strong CSAC year as the Pacers went 10-1 in the league and won 13 games overall. Smith was named Coach of the Year while the Pacers finished as CSAC tournament Runner-up and earned a berth into the ECAC tournament. Marywood produced the CSAC Player of the Year (Renae Moken) and the CSAC Rookie of the Year (Molly Sobolewski) in 2017 and set numerous offensive records as they finished in the top-six in the country for scoring offense. Moken was also named United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team and First Team All-ECAC.

Marywood's 2017 scoring offense ranked 6th in all of Division III (4.10 goals per game), 5th in points per game (11.45) and 6th in assist per game (3.25). The Pacers were 5th in total points (229), 6th in total goals (82) and 7th in total assists (65). Marywood also finished 3rd in the country in shots on goal per game and 7th in shots per game. In all those categories, the Pacers led the CSAC.

The holder of a USSF “B” license and United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Premier Diploma, Smith’s teams have earned numerous distinctions on and off the field, including 18 Team Academic Awards, 11 Team Ethics Awards from the United Soccer Coaches and two CSAC Team Academic Awards (2015, 2016) for having the highest team GPA in the conference. Smith holds a Goalkeeping Level I diploma and the LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion diploma from the United Soccer Coaches and completed a Diversity Cohort at Marywood in the spring of 2021.

Marywood players have also earned numerous distinctions on the field and in the classroom, highlighted by United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections for Paige Madary (2010 second team), Siobhan Blancaflor (2010 & 2011 third team), Andrea Barker (2008 second team, 2009 third team), Lisa Hanselman (2009 second team) and Renae Moken (2017 third team) as well as United Soccer Coaches College Scholar honors for Marissa Ruda (2007), Hanselman (2009), Barker (2009, 2010) and Blancaflor (2011). In addition, 330 women's soccer players have earned Academic All-Conference accolades in Smith's 21 seasons at the helm (through fall 2020) while his teams have maintained a 3.31 grade point average (GPA) in the 41 semesters he has been the coach.

Smith also has oversight for external operations of the Athletics Department, including fundraising and development. He helped the University ink a deal wth Nike and BSN to make them the University's apparel and equipment provider, and helped redesign the Athletics logo and website numerous times. In addition, he oversees the Athletics Communications division within the Department.

Outside of Marywood, Smith served as the Head Coach of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the 20015 (U12) Girls for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area for the 2016-17 season. He was also a head coach with Abington Youth Soccer's high school age travel girl's team for several years and is a certified US Soccer and PIAA Referee.

A 1997 graduate of King’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Smith obtained his M.S.S. degree with a concentration in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2005.