Adam Smith (coach)

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Adam Smith
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-01-01) 1 January 1971 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Fresno FC (head coach)
Youth career
1988 Everton
1989 Chatteris Town
1989 Cambridge United
1991 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Walsall
1992Holywell Town (loan)
1992Mold Alexandra (loan)
1994 Los Angeles Salsa
1997 Soham Town Rangers
1998 Harrogate Town
1999 Geylang United
1999 Motherwell
1999–2001 Long Island Rough Riders
2002–2004 Wilmington Hammerheads
Teams managed
2014–2017 Sacramento Republic (assistant)
2018– Fresno FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adam Smith is a soccer coach and former goalkeeper. He is head coach at Fresno FC in the USL Championship.[2][3] Smith formerly was the assistant head coach for Sacramento Republic[4] in which he spent three years with and was the technical director for youth soccer club FC Elk Grove.

Smith's professional coaching career started as a player/assistant coach at Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL D-3 Pro League in 2001. Later in his career he joined Portland Timbers,[5] where he became the inaugural Goalkeeping Coach for the teams' first year in Major League Soccer. Smith later went on to be the clubs first Academy Director,[6] along with co-director Mike Smith. After serving 5 years with the MLS club he moved to return to first team professional football with Sacramento at the start of the 2015 season, to work alongside then head coach Predrag Radosavljević (Preki). Prior to starting his professional coaching career, Smith previously played professional soccer as a goalkeeper in the US with Long Island Rough Riders and Wilmington Hammerheads. Smith also gained professional playing experience in England, Scotland, Wales and South East Asia before moving permanently to the United States. He is the son of Graham Smith, an ex-professional English footballer who was previously a director at Chelsea of the (English) Premier League.


Playing career Smith, who played as goalkeeper, began his professional playing career in 1992 after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in England with a degree in business and sports coaching. Smith did not make a British league full appearance but was able to ply his trade in non-league football (making over 150 first team semi-professional appearances). He then went on work in the US as a full-time professional, playing in the second division league before moving into full-time coaching.

Coaching career

Smith (originally from England and now a US citizen) has over twenty-five years of domestic and international experience as a coach and player.

Personal life[edit]

Smith lives in California with his wife and two children. Smith also qualified as a financial advisor. During his part-time professional playing, he worked for an insurance company and a national banking institution. His father, Graham Smith, was a professional footballer. Graham Smith has had over 200 English league appearances as a professional player and has continued his work in the football/soccer world, currently with Sacramento Republic FC in the US as director of football.


  • USL National Championship winner, Long island Rough Riders, 2002
  • USL National Championship winner, Wilmington Hammerheads, 2003
  • USL PDL National Championship winner, Portland Timbers u23s, 2010
  • USL playoffs 2nd place Western conference, Portland Timbers, 2010
  • MLS Goalkeeper player of the year (Troy Perkins), Portland Timbers, 2011
  • MLS Reserve Team 2nd-place position, Portland Timbers, 2011
  • USL Western conference playoffs, Sacramento Republic, 2015
  • USL 1st place Western conference, Sacramento Republic, 2016
  • US Open Cup round of 16, Sacramento Republic, 2017
  • USL Western conference semi-finals, Sacramento Republic, 2017

Coaching qualifications[edit]

Uefa A license (Welsh Football Association)

English Preliminary Award (English FA)

USSF A license (US Soccer)

USSF National GK license (US Soccer)

USSF Pro B license (US Soccer)

NSCAA National GK License (Utd Soccer coaches)

NSCAA Director of Coaching (Utd Soccer coaches)


  1. ^ Adam Smith at Soccerway
  2. ^ "Fresno FC Announces Adam Smith As First-Ever Head Coach". Fresno Football Club. November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Fresno FC takes another step toward 2018 debut. New coach will meet public Monday". Fresno Bee. November 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Paterson, Bill (April 13, 2016). "Soccer notes: Republic FC's Adam Smith takes coaching reins". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Timbers name Adam Smith as club's goalkeeper coach". Portland Timbers. April 14, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Timbers name Adam Smith an Academy and Youth Goalkeeping Director". Portland Timbers. December 13, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2017.