Steven Smith
Steven Smith
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach, Professor of Kinesiology
Phone: 616-395-7569
Email: sdsmith@hope.edu
Year: 29th
Previous College: PhD, Michigan State; Bachelor's, Grand Rapids Baptist
YEAR OVERALL MIAA NCAA
2017 7-10-2 6-6-2 (4th)  
2016 6-12-1 4-9-1 (6th)  
2015 9-10-1 6-7-1 (4th)  
2014 13-7-1 8-5-1 (3rd)  
2013 17-5-2 11-3-0 (2nd) 1-1 (2nd round)
2012 12-8-0 9-5-0 (3rd-tie)  
2011 17-5-4 10-3-1 (2nd) 3-1 (sectional final)
2010 13-6-2 10-4-0 (1st) 0-1 (1st round)
2009 13-4-3 9-2-3 (2nd)  
2008 14-2-4 10-2-2 (2nd)  
2007 13-6-1 10-3-1 (2nd)  
2006 14-4-2 12-1-1 (1st) 0-1 (1st round)
2005 17-4-0 13-1-0 (1st) 0-1 (1st round)
2004 15-5-0 12-2-0 (2nd)  
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)
2001 16-3-1 8-3-1 (2nd)  
2000 11-8-1 8-4 (3rd)  
1999 13-6-1 9-4-1 (4th)  
1998 7-10-3 6-6-2 (6th)  
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)
1993 13-5-1 8-3-1 (2nd)  
1992 16-2-1 10-1-1 (1st)  
1991 12-6-0 7-5-0 (3rd)  
1990 11-5-2 6-4-2 (3rd)  
CAREER 365-144-42  248-87-23  

In 28 seasons under Dr. Steven Smith, Hope College men's soccer has become a highly regarded program among NCAA Division III teams.

Entering the 2018 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 is 372-154-44. His mark against MIAA opponents is 254-95-25.

With 254 conference wins, Smith joins 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 on-going research focusses 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.