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PSU assistant coach Stuart Smith worked with Team USA in the summer of 2013
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Smith is entering his third year on the staff, serving his first two years as a volunteer assistant
One of the premiere goalkeeper coaches in the nation, Stuart Smith enters his sixth season on staff with the Penn State field hockey team in 2015, serving his fourth 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. He helped prepare the U.S. National team goalkeepers for the 2014 World Cup held in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Nittany Lions have seen tremendous success during his tenure with the team, reaching the NCAA tournament all five seasons and advancing to the quarterfinals three times, while also claiming the Big Ten regular season title three times and the Big Ten tournament twice.
Under his tutelage, Penn State’s goalkeepers have been among the best in the nation and Big Ten conference, garnering first-team All-Big Ten honors in three of his five seasons. Ayla Halus led the nation in save percentage in 2010 and was a two-time second-team NFHCA All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree. Kylie Licata was named first-team All-Big Ten in her first season as a starter in 2013, and was second in the country in save percentage in 2014.
Smith has become very involved with the USA Field Hockey program, as well. 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.
Smith’s hockey career spans over 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.
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 currently resides in State College.
GETTING TO KNOW COACH SMITH
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Color: Dark Blue
Favorite Musical Artist: John Butler Trio, Daft Punk
Favorite Movie: Any Given Sunday, Major League
Favorite TV Show: Family Guy, Modern Family, Antiques Roadshow
Favorite Website: ninemsn.com, GoPSUsports.com
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Ric Pizo
Favorite Pro Teams: Newcastle Knights (Australian Rugby League), Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots
Favorite Athletes: Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles and Alyson Annan
Childhood Idol: Malcolm Smith (Father)
Hobbies: Field Hockey, Photography and Traveling
Biggest Fear: Driving in the snow
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: GQ
Most Prized Possession: Olympic Torch
Place I'd Like To Visit: India
If I Didn't Coach Field Hockey, I Would Coach: Surfing
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Build a hockey field in Wamberal, buy a Bentley and donate to good causes
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Who said I am ever leaving?!
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