Drake Relays
Gareth Smith
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Abertay
Graduating Year: 2001
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Gareth Smith is in his fifth season with the Drake men’s soccer program and third as the top assistant for head coach Sean Holmes after serving his first two campaigns as a volunteer assistant.

A native of Scotland, he played for Motherwell F.C. as youth Academy and reserve team player. From the age 15 through 18 he was selected for the Glasgow Regional Select Team for three consecutive years.

Smith has a master’s degree in physical education, health and recreation from Emporia State (Kan.) as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland, in sports coaching, development, and administration.

He holds a USSF ‘A’ license, UEFA license, USSF National Goalkeeping license, U.S. and Scottish F.A. National Youth license, and is a certified fitness and conditioning coach.

Smith has coaching experience at Club, College, State/Regional ODP, and Youth National team levels. He currently serves as an Iowa State Soccer Association coach educator, State and Region II ODP coach and has recently been involved with the U.S. U-14 National Team Program. He has presented at a national level on the topic of youth development, coaching and leadership.