Another year, another solid season of women’s soccer at Orange Coast College, thanks to the leadership of sixth-year coach Kevin Smith.
The Smith-led Pirates was once again one of the top teams in the region, wrapping up the 2013-14 campaign with a 10-5-4 overall record. Coast advanced to the playoffs for the third straight year before falling to Rio Hondo in the Southern California Regional playoffs.
In 2011, Smith helped lead the Pirates back to the postseason with a 15-5-4 overall record and an 10-3-3 mark in the Orange Empire Conference. Included in the top performances in 2011 were ties against conference powers Santiago Canyon and Cypress as well as a huge 1-0 upset win over top-seeded Cerritos in the first round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
After a two-year absence, Smith helped guide the Pirates to the postseason and a 14-6-1 overall record in 2009. The 14 wins were the most posted by the Pirates since the 2002 season (21-2-2). This year, the Pirates finished third in the always-tough Orange Empire Conference.
In his first season as the Pirates' skipper, Smith helped guide the Pirates into the third round of the playoffs.
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 and his daughter, Brynn, currently reside in Huntington Beach.