Penn State field hockey's Gebhart competes against China on Jan. 16
No. 6 Field Hockey opens the Big Ten season with dominating win over the Hoosiers
Smith is entering his third year on the staff, serving his first two years as a volunteer assistant
Stuart Smith enters his fourth season on staff with the Penn State field hockey team, serving his second year as Assistant Coach after being promoted following the 2011 season. Smith, a former goalkeeper, specializes in game analysis and field player and goalkeeper coaching.
A native of Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia, Smith came to the United States as part of an International Exchange Program. He enrolled in the prestigious Ohio State International Turf Grass Management Program where he graduated in 2008. Smith enjoyed four years working at The Breakers, Palm Beach in Florida, where he was an assistant golf course superintendent of The Breakers, Rees Jones and Ocean Courses.
Smith's hockey career spans 20 years to date. He started as a young player, advancing to compete at the state and national level in Australia. He has represented his region of the Central Coast as well as his state of New South Wales. He has competed with players of the Australian National Team as well as players of other national teams. For his sporting and community achievements, Smith was rewarded with the opportunity to run the Olympic Torch in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney.
More recently he has coached at Nationals for the Futures field hockey program in Virginia Beach in 2010 and 2013 and also as an assistant with the Futures elite program in 2012. Over this upcoming winter and spring of 2014, Smith will help prepare the U.S. National team goalkeepers for the 2014 World Cup held in The Hague, Netherlands.
Smith currently resides in State College.
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