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PSU assistant coach Stuart Smith worked with Team USA in the summer of 2013
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
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The Nittany Lions have seen tremendous success during his tenure with the team, reaching the NCAA tournament seven of eight seasons and advancing to the quarterfinals three times, while also claiming the Big Ten regular season title three times and the Big Ten tournament four times.
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 seven 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
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
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
Childhood Idol: Malcolm Smith (Father)
Hobbies: Field Hockey,
Biggest Fear: Driving in the snow
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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?!