Been with SPIRE since 2008
Hometown: Erie, PA
Title: Director of Soccer
Bio: Jamie Smith has been a driving force in the promotion of soccer for over 25 years. Smith, who holds a Political Science / Pre-Law degree from Gannon University, is known for his Leadership and innovative style of coaching. In 1994, he was brought in to start Family First Sports Park’s soccer program, serving as the Director of Soccer. He is also one of the original developers and former club president and Director of Coaching of The Erie Admirals Soccer Club.
After a career-ending soccer injury, Smith pursued coaching as “a way to stay in the game.” He went on to take his United States Soccer Federation coaching licenses and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Advanced National Coaching Diploma. In 1995, Smith spent time in Holland studying soccer at the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation (KNVB) – coaching school in Zeist. After passing all exams, Smith was honored as the youngest American to complete the NSCAA / KNVB International Coaching License.
In 2006, Smith was named the Pennsylvania West Coach of the Year – an award given to a person who has raised soccer to new heights through their long-term dedication to the game.
Under Smith’s charge, his teams have won 3 State Championships, 1 National Indoor Regional Championship, and several PA District 10 Titles. In 2005, the United States Youth Soccer Regional Championships committee honored Smith’s team with the “Fair Play” Award. His teams have competed in England, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
He has been the McDowell Varsity Boys head soccer coach since 2008. He is also an Associate Staff Instructor / Coach for the United Soccer Coaches Assoc. (former NSCAA) where he travels throughout the country conducting soccer coaching courses and clinics.
He has served as the Director of Soccer for SPIRE since it’s opening in 2008.
Smith resides in Erie, PA with his wife, Carrie and his daughters Jensen and Addison.
Education and Accreditations:
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gannon University