February 18, 2013

Andy Smith Named Field Hockey Head Coach

Stockton, Calif. — University of the Pacific Vice President for External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland has announced the hiring of Andy Smith as Field Hockey Head Coach.

"I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Ted Leland for giving me the chance to lead the University of the Pacific Field Hockey Program into a new era," said Smith. "I look forward to leading the field hockey program to many successful seasons and I am honored to join the University of the Pacific athletic family.  I would like to thank Amy Fowler and Shellie Onstead for the great mentoring that I have received over the last 11 years which has helped turn me into the coach I am today."

"We are very pleased that Andy Smith has agreed to lead our Field Hockey program," said Leland. "His excitement is contagious and we are looking forward to a renewed enthusiasm in Field Hockey at Pacific. He will bring a unique blend of coaching and playing experience."

Andy spent last year as an assistant to Shellie Onstead at Cal. Smith, a former member of the US Women's National Team coaching staff, joined the Bears after spending 10 seasons on the Dartmouth staff, including six seasons as associate head coach under Amy Fowler for the Big Green.

In his time at Dartmouth, Smith helped guide the Big Green to five top-three finishes in the Ivy League Conference. 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, a native of Doncaster, England, rose quickly on the coaching ladder in Great Britain. 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.

Andy resides in Stockton with his wife Jess and their 2 year old daughter Ellie.