Gabrielle Smart is entering her second season at the head of the Utah Valley State College women’s soccer program. Smart took on the program in it’s first year of sanctioned intercollegiate play last fall. She is a B-license United States Soccer Federation coach, and has measurable coaching and playing experience.
Smart is a former BYU soccer player. She graduated from LaSerna High School in Whittier, California, in 1994. She was All-State on a Whittier team that finished second in the state her senior year and went to state every year she played. She also went to state on the Whittier swim team in the 50 meter free style event.
Smart played for BYU in 1994 under coach Jennifer Rockwood while the team was in a club status, and in 1995 when the program went intercollegiate. She graduated from BYU in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management.
Before coaching at UVSC, Smart was the head coach at Orem High, and directed her team to a second place finish in the region. Previous to that she spent two years in a co-coaching assignment at Springville High with Mikelle Roth. The Red Devils went to state both years.
Smart is also a head coach in the Celtic Storm soccer club program. Her team is considered to be one of the best in the state, and finished first in the U-17 league. In addition to her soccer interests, Smart is training to be a triathlete and hopes to compete in meets this summer. Triathlete competitions include a combination of running, swimming, and biking.
Smart lists Wenatchee, Washington, as her home town. She lived there until she was in the eighth grade, then moved to Whittier.
“I have been hoping UVSC would get an intercollegiate soccer program,” said Smart. “And I am so excited to be able to be a part of it. There is so much soccer talent in this area. I have no question that we will be able to be very competitive and build a great program.”
“We are extremely excited,” said UVSC Director of Athletics Mike Jacobsen, “to finally be able to advance our soccer program from club status to an intercollegiate program. Women’s soccer is very big, both locally and on the national scene. Gabrielle has excellent credentials and coaching experience and will do a great job taking Wolverine soccer to the next level.”
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