|Title:||Professor of Kinesiology, Retired Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Previous College:||PhD, Michigan State; Bachelor's, Grand Rapids Baptist|
|2013||17-5-2||11-3-0 (2nd)||1-1 (2nd round)|
|2011||17-5-4||10-3-1 (2nd)||3-1 (sectional final)|
|2010||13-6-2||10-4-0 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
|2006||14-4-2||12-1-1 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
|2005||17-4-0||13-1-0 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
|2003||14-4-4||9-1-2 (1st-tie)||0-1 (1st round)|
|2002||17-5-1||10-2 (1st-tie)||2-1 (regional final)|
|1997||15-5-1||9-3-0 (2nd)||0-1 (1st round)|
|1996||16-2-1||11-1-0 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
|1995||15-3-1||10-1-1 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
|1994||16-2-3||10-1-1 (1st)||0-1 (1st round)|
In 28 seasons under Dr. Steven Smith, Hope College men's soccer became a highly regarded program among NCAA Division III teams. He retired on February 2, 2018.
After the 2017 season, Smith ranked among all active NCAA Division III coaches in wins and nationally among all active Division III coaches by winning percentage (.691).
Smith's record through the 2017 season was 372-154-44. His mark against MIAA opponents was 251-92-25.
With 251 conference wins, Smith joined two hall-of-fame coaches -- Hardy Fuchs of Kalamazoo (254 MIAA wins from 1971-2002) and Marv Zuidema of Calvin (214 wins from 1970-1997) -- who also achieved the 200-win distinction over the 45-year history of MIAA soccer.
Smith has guided the Flying Dutchmen to nine MIAA championships (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010) and appeared in the NCAA tournament 11 times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013).
In 1996, Hope became the first MIAA team to win three consecutive outright conference championships. The 2005 team won a school-record 13 games against league opponents. In 1994, Smith was voted the Mideast Region Division III Coach of the Year. The 2011 team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III championships. Coach Smith has taken his teams on international trips three times, most recently in 2009.
A professor of kinesiology at Hope, Smith received his doctorate degree in motor development from Michigan State University.
In 2011, Smith authored a series of books featuring easy-to-do fitness activities for kids and families. His ongoing research focuses on performance and fitness levels in children, with an interest in encouraging healthy behaviors. The books grew out of his discovery that exercise plans for children don't do so well unless their families are part of the picture.
While growing up in Lansing, Mich., Smith played soccer at Capital City Christian High School. He played soccer four years at Grand Rapids Baptist College (1978-81) where he received his bachelor's degree.
Smith coached soccer at Lansing Christian High School while working toward his Masters degree at MSU. He also did a soccer internship with Michigan State University coach Joe Baum. He was assistant soccer coach at Manchester College in Indiana in 1988 and 1989.
Smith taught undergraduate classes in growth and motor development, measurement and evaluation, and elementary physical education methodology at Michigan State and Manchester. He has a strong background in adapted physical education including the teaching of physically and mentally retarded children. He instituted the "I CAN" program for a school district which previously had no physical education for the handicapped.
Smith and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Trevor and Macall, and a daughter, Shanley.