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Matt Smith
Matt  Smith

Head Coach

Towson '88

The winningest coach in school history, Matt Smith finished his 15th season at Johns Hopkins with a career record of 240-45-19 (.821). In NCAA Division III history, he ranks second all-time in win percentage for coaches with at least 10 years experience. Smith, who has elevated Johns Hopkins into a perennial national power, guided the Blue Jays to their unprecedented seventh Centennial Conference title in 2007. The Blue Jays posted an 18-4-0 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time under Smith. Against Washington & Lee on September 8, 2007 Smith won his 226th game, making him the winningest coach in Centennial Conference history. In 2006, Johns Hopkins won a school record 19 games, finishing at 19-2-2 while capturing the Centennial Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Blue Jays advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling 2-1 to eventual national champion, Messiah.

In 2005, he guided the Blue Jays to a 14-2-5 record and the ECAC South Championship. He earned his 200th win on October 29, 2005 with a 3-0 shutout of Franklin & Marshall. The previous season, he guided the Blue Jays to a 17-1-2 record, the best winning percentage in Blue Jay men's soccer history. In addition to his nine NCAA Tournament teams, Smith has led five teams to the ECAC tournament, including the 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 squads that captured the titles. In 1998, on the way to an 18-2-2 record and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, Smith earned his 80th career victory, making him the all-time leader in career wins at Johns Hopkins.

Inheriting a team that had won only three games and scored just 12 goals in the prior season, Smith guided the 1993 Blue Jays to their first winning record in three years. The following season, Johns Hopkins came within one goal of winning the national championship, falling in overtime in the NCAA Final. In 1995, the Blue Jays reached the ECAC Final, and the following year, Hopkins captured its first Centennial Conference title and won 15 straight matches before losing in the NCAA tournament.

The 1997 season saw the Blue Jays climb to a #2 national ranking and advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. The next year, which was thought to be a rebuilding year, Johns Hopkins started 10-0-0 and set a school record with 79 goals before losing in overtime of the NCAA Quarterfinals. Smith led the 1999 Blue Jays to their sixth straight 15-win season and to the ECAC Championship. He then guided the 2000 team to a 15-3-2 record and another NCAA tournament berth. In 2001, the Blue Jays went 17-3-0 with a 9-0-0 mark in the conference and won the ECAC Championship for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Jays again went 17-3-0 in 2002, winning the conference and advancing to the NCAA tournament. In 2003, Johns Hopkins tied the school record for wins in a season by finishing 18-3-1 and winning another ECAC Championship in the process. Smith guided JHU to 11 consecutive 15-win seasons (1994-2004) after Johns Hopkins attained the mark just once in the program's first 59 years. The Blue Jays have had double-digit win seasons in all but one season under Smith, his first (9-6-0).

Smith has coached 81 All-Centennial Conference selections, including 40 First Team selections. In addition, he has coached three Centennial Conference Players of the Year, 38 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region selections, 13 NSCAA All-Americans and two ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans.

Smith is the winningest coach in the Centennial Conference in overall wins (240) and conference victories (112). The next active coach in the conference boasts 212 and 40 respectively.

A 1988 graduate of Towson University, where he was the Tigers' leading scorer twice and the team MVP his senior year, Smith later spent two years as the first assistant coach at his alma mater before moving to Hopkins.

Smith is a co-founder and co-director of the Elite 300 Soccer Academy, a camp that attracts players from across the nation. He is also successful as a coach in the Maryland Olympic Development Program, where his 2006 team won the U.S. Regionals and the National Championship in February. He has also served as director of the Maryland ODP.