“Coaching is mostly about helping people grow. Certainly, we want people to master the skills of their sport and be more tactically aware, but our greatest responsibility is to help them grow mentally. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from former students who thank you for helping them develop a mentality that continues to assist them down a path of success and happiness in all aspects of their lives.”
Head coach Jerry Smith is in his 30th season at the helm of the Santa Clara women’s soccer program in 2016. Although he is most known for the development of his players and teams, Smith also produces success and is the winningest women’s soccer coach in Santa Clara history, having compiled a record of 424-132-52 (.740) — ranked top-5 in NCAA Division I history — establishing a standard of excellence few can match. With Santa Clara’s 4-0 win vs. Cal Poly on Sept. 29, 2013 Smith became just the third coach in Division I history with 400 wins.
Since taking over the head coaching duties at Santa Clara in the spring of 1987, Smith has built the Bronco soccer program into a national power. The Broncos reached the NCAA Tournament 19 consecutive times prior to 2008. Overall, the Broncos have been to 25 NCAA Tournaments. In addition, his Bronco teams have won 10 West Coast Conference titles.
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