Brad Smith enters his fifth year in charge of the Crowder College soccer program and expectations are running high. The soccer facility is one of the best in the Region and the success of Crowder’s first four teams has people looking for even better results. Coach Smith’s 35 plus years of coaching and administrative experience only adds to the confidence that this year’s team will exceed their previous accomplishments. Amassing over 300 collegiate coaching wins and taking three different teams to the NAIA National Soccer Tournament, Coach Smith was recently inducted into the Tarkio College Athletic Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the Region 16 Soccer Chairman for the NJCAA. His teams are known for their quality of play, competitiveness and sportsmanship.
Smith is a program builder. In addition to starting the Crowder program, he started programs at Westmar University, Si Tanka University and Dakota Wesleyan University. He has also had stops at Brescia University, Tarkio College, Tennessee Wesleyan College, and East Carolina University. He has been involved with the administration of NAIA soccer serving as both a Region and Conference Chairman for over 15 years. He has had numerous players named to All-Conference, All-Region and All-American teams. Known as a player’s Coach, Smith has also directed the Thunderdome Indoor Soccer Tournament for the past 30 years. Thunderdome is the longest running (consecutive years) indoor soccer tournament in the country. He has also written a book, McClellan Park Dragons, which he hopes will be the first in a series of youth soccer books.
“I love it here,” Smith said. “The student first attitude makes it very exciting to be a part of the Crowder family. Everybody here roots for you and we are working hard to give the Crowder Community a team worthy of their support.”
Smith has a M.S. from the University of Tennessee in Motor Behavior and Sport Psychology, a MAed from East Carolina University in Counselor Education and a B.A. from East Carolina University in Sociology. He is committed to a well-rounded education for his players and the cohesiveness of his teams.