Head Coach, Shepherd University
NCAA Division II
Sarah Smith has been a fixture on the Shepherd University women's volleyball staff for four years. Her 2009 squad finished 21-12 and turned in a second-place West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showing with a 12-2 league record, a marked improvement from the team's 11-22 record and ninth-place WVIAC finish just one season ago. For her efforts and success, she was named the 2009 WVIAC Coach of the Year.
Smith believes her love and passion for the sport of volleyball led her to become a coach. "I started playing when I was around 10 years old, and loved it from the start," she said. "In addition, I love to teach, so coaching combines both areas of interest for me. Playing and teaching; it seems a natural fit."
"My goal while at Shepherd is to create a lasting and memorable tradition for women's volleyball," she said. "Our aim is to accomplish this by fostering a love of the sport, while assisting our players to achieve their athletic, professional and personal goals, which will carry them over the next 10-30 years. It is our desire for all of our athletes to be successful in the world in which they graduate. If this is accomplished, then I will have been successful at my job, and we will have created a positive tradition at Shepherd University. Of course, another goal of mine is to earn our program's first NCAA Division II Tournament berth."