Dustin Smith - Girls Director

 

Born in Chicago, Ill., Smith moved to Florida and grew up playing club soccer for the Challengers 76 (Space Coast) and FC America (Orlando) teams, respectively. He graduated in 1994 from Melbourne High School where he captained the 1994 state champion Bulldogs. Smith then continued his playing career in Charleston, S.C. from 1994-98 as a four-year starter at Charleston Southern University where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While playing for the Buccaneers, he captained the 1997 squad to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth against the No. 2 nationally ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Smith was voted to the Big South All-Conference Team in 1996 and 1997.

Following his collegiate career, Smith played two seasons with the USL’s Myrtle Beach Sea Dawgs from 1998-99.

Smith enters his fourth season as head coach of Florida Tech in the Fall of 2018. He has accumulated a record of 30-19-5 over that span and coached multiple All SSC Conference and Southern Regional players. Most recently he helped guide the Panthers to their first ever Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship. Prior to being named head coach, Smith served as an assistant for five seasons under the late Fidgi Haig. Within that span, Florida Tech accumulated a combined record of 47-32-13, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Final Four appearance, an NCAA Division II South Region Championship and one Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Co-Championship.

In 1998-2000 Smith served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University (D1) under his former coach Shaun Docking.

On the club scene, coached under Director of Coaching George Sasvari and Alan Hough at FC America. He spent two seasons there before moving back to his hometown, Melbourne, FL to become the Assistant Coach at Florida Tech under the late Fidgi Haig. In the process he changed clubs to Space Coast United where he was successful in making the Final Four with his U15 Girls team.

Two years later he was hired as an ECNL Coach at Orlando City. While at Orlando City for four years he helped guide his U16 (with Fidgi Haig) and U17 teams respectively to the ECNL Champions League playoffs in Seattle, WA.