Andy Smith
Andy Smith
Phone: 209-946-2249
Year: 6th Season
Previous College: The Open University
Position: Head Coach

Andy Smith joined Pacific in February of 2013 and enters his sixth season as Field Hockey Head Coach in 2018. In his first two years at the helm of the program, Smith doubled the Tigers' win total in two years as the 2014 Tigers posted the program's highest win total since 2005.  In 2015, Pacific surpassed that with an 11-8 record.  The Tigers won the West Division of the America East Conference with that mark and made the second round of the America East Tournament, where they fell to eventual conference champion Albany. 

In 2016, Smith coached a Tigers team that broke a number of scoring records for the Tigers.  Those Tigers scored the most goals in program history and had the three highest-scoring games in Pacific history with 12-0, 11-3, and 8-2 victories.  Pacific made the America East Conference championship game that year as well, taking home eight comference awards once again.  Pacific won 16 games that year, the most in program history.

In 2017, Smith coached the Tigers to it's third conference championship title in a row. The Tigers finished 10-9 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

Smith coached the America East Defensive Player of the Year in Savannah Burns in 2015.  Pacific had eight athletes take home conference awards that year and tied the program's previous record for games won in a single season with 11.

Smith was also instrumental in the completion of the Tigers' facility, as after years of playing on a grass surface or home games off campus, the program moved to Pacific Field Hockey Turf for the 2014 season, and hosted the 2014 NorPac Championship.

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, from 2002 to 2011, 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.