Jan. 2-8, 2012
Doncaster, England, native, joins coaching staff after 10 seasons at Dartmouth
The Ohio State field hockey team has added Andy Smith to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Anne Wilkinson announced in January. Smith, a native of Doncaster, England, joins the Buckeye coaching staff after spending 10 seasons on the Dartmouth staff, including six seasons as associated head coach for the Big Green.
"We are excited to add a coach of Andy's caliber to our program," Wilkinson said. "He is an outstanding coach in all aspects - on the field, in the classroom and as a recruiter of exceptional student-athletes. We are proud that Andy and his family will be a part of the outstanding tradition of The Ohio State University."
Smith, who has served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Development Program, helped guide Dartmouth to five Top 3 finishes in the Ivy League Conference since joining the program in 2002. During that year, Smith was the only U.S.-based coach to be invited to the Federation of International Hockey High Performance coaching course in November in Australia.
"I am extremely grateful to Gene Smith and Anne Wilkinson for the opportunity to be part of the Ohio State field hockey program," Smith said. "My family and I are delighted to be moving to Columbus. I join a University and Athletics Department that are known for excellence and look forward to helping Ohio State compete at the highest level."
Smith has served as the coaching director of the Olympic Development camps for U.S. Field Hockey in June 2003 and 2004.
Smith also was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. U-20 women's national team in April 2003 and served as a drag flick coach for the U.S. women's national team. In 2008, Smith was named an assistant coach for the 2008 New England High Performance Training squad.
Prior to joining the Big Green coaching staff, Smith rose quickly on the coaching ladder in England. Beginning as a colts coach in Doncaster, he quickly won titles at the U-9, 12, 14, 16 and 18 levels with the Beeston Hockey Club. In 2002, Smith became the first coach to lead U-18 and U-16 teams to state titles in the same year.
As a player, Smith has traveled to many parts of the world, including two times with the national English Hockey Association mixed team as well as claiming honors at U-18, U-21 and full/state county levels. He has played at the top level in England, Australia and Austria. Smith holds the highest coaching diploma in his native country and is one of a handful of U.S.-based coaches to hold a High Performance Coaching Certificate from the FIH.
Smith travels to Columbus with his wife, Jess and daughter Ellie.