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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Orange Coast College has named soccer and softball coach Kevin Smith as the school’s new Athletic Director, according to the Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics, Dr. Michael Sutliff.

“I'm excited to have Kevin come aboard as our new Athletic Director,” Sutliff said. “Every time I met with Kevin, he talked about really wanting to help our department grow and continue to go in the right direction. The support of the coaches as well as the other members of our department is a top priority for Kevin and he knows as a current coach how important having someone in that capacity is.”

Smith, who currently runs both of the men’s and women'’s soccer programs as well as the Pirate softball team, will relinquish his duties with the softball program when he takes over as the AD, effective July 1.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to help this athletic department continue to be a positive example to not only the other departments on campus, but to other athletic departments at the California Community College level,” Smith said. “This school has such a rich tradition of athletic and academic success, I’m really looking forward to working with the other coaches and helping all of our sports be the best they can possibly be.”

After spending several years as an assistant coach with men’s and women’s soccer programs, Smith became the women’s head coach in 2006. Over that nine-year span, Smith guided the Pirates to a 90-55-22 record with five playoff appearances and two trips to the state quarterfinals.

In 2010, Smith was named the men’s head coach following the retirement of longtime head coach Laird Hayes. In three years, he has helped Coast to a 36-17-9 record, a pair of playoff appearances and the Orange Empire Conference title in 2013. That same year, Smith was named the Orange Empire Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year.

Prior to his arrival at Coast, Smith was a teacher and head boys’ soccer coach at Cypress High School since 1998.

From 1989-1997, Smith worked at Fountain Valley High School as a resident substitute teacher and was the director of coaching for the boys’ varsity soccer program from 1991-97, where he helped guide the Barons to two trips to the CIF-Southern Section finals.

A standout soccer player, Smith attended Edison High School, where he earned all-league honors as a junior and all-league, all-county and All-CIF honors as a senior.

As a collegiate player, Smith played the UC Irvine, where he earned All-Big West Conference honors in 1989, 1991 and 1992 and All-Mountain Pacific Conference in 1993. He left UCI as the school's all-time scoring leader with 68 points.

Following his 'Eater career, Smith played professional soccer for the Los Angeles Salsa of the USISL (1995), the Bournmouth Football Club of the Jewson Wessex League in England (1994) and the East L.A. Cobras of the USISL (1993).

Smith has also enjoyed coaching stints with the Olympic Development Program (1992-1993), UC Irvine (1993), the Mission Pateadores Soccer Club (1990-1995) and the Wolfpack Soccer Club (1996-2006).
In addition to his time with the women’s soccer program, Smith also is the head coach for OCC’s men's soccer program as well as the women’s softball team in the spring.

Smith, his wife, Alyson his daughter, Brynn and son, Keegan, currently reside in Huntington Beach.