Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has hired Scott Smith as an assistant coach.
Smith joined the Aggies after he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz. He is responsible for assisting with every facet of the NM State program, including daily operations, recruiting, travel accommodations, budget, academics and on-field direction.
"I've known Scott for a while, and once I knew it was a possibility that we were going to lose Cortney (Sobrero), I immediate thought of him," Quinn said. "I've worked with him before so that is what's great. We are very comfortable working together, plus he knows the system that we teach very well. That was a big piece for me. As we are trying to teach the system to the whole team and to new players, I don't have to teach it to him. That helps from a staff standpoint as well. He will be a really good balance to the staff in terms of demeanor and personality."
At Chandler Gilbert, Smith helped the women's team compile a 43-17-2 overall record in his tenure, and it ranked No. 3 nationally in 2009 and No. 9 in 2010. The men's squad posted a 36-24-3 overall record with national rankings of No. 3 in 2009, No. 6 in 2010 and No. 19 in 2011.
"I'm excited to be here and join Blair again," Smith said. "I feel very comfortable coming in and stepping in to this situation. We have worked together with the same system so that's something that is not a learning curve for me. I can step right in and help out."
Additionally, Smith spent the past three seasons as the girl's varsity head coach at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Ariz. He guided the Wildcats to a 33-21-10 overall record during his stay and a state semifinals appearance in 2011 along with Southeast Valley Coach of the Year honors. In 2010, Smith led Mesquite to the state quarterfinals, and he was named the Coaches Association 5A Coach of the Year and Central Region Coach of the Year.
Smith began his coaching career at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., where he was a girl's varsity assistant coach from 2000-09. He has coached at the club level for many years with the Gilbert Soccer Club in Gilbert, Ariz., where he assisted Quinn with the 94 Premier team. Smith has a United States Soccer Federation 'D' Coach License.
Smith's playing career included a two-year stint as a starter for MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., in 2003 and 2004. He started his collegiate career at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Smith was also a two-year starter and team captain in 2000 and 2001.
Smith earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004 from MacMurray and a master's degree in school counseling in 2007 from Northern Arizona.