Derek Smith (soccer)
|Full name||Derek Smith|
|Date of birth||July 17, 1980|
|Place of birth||Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2001–2002||West Michigan Edge|
|2004||Virginia Beach Mariners|
|2006||College of Mount St. Joseph (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 28, 2010
College and amateur
Smith attended Hopkinsville High School before playing soccer at Union College from 2000 to 2003. He was named the team Defensive Man of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 2002 and an All-American Honorable Mention selection and First Team All-Region in both 2001 and 2002. In 2001 and 2002, he spent the collegiate off season with the West Michigan Edge of the fourth division Premier Development League.
Undrafted out of college, Smith played for the Cocoa Expos of the PDL in the summer of 2004, before signing his first professional contract with the Virginia Beach Mariners of the USL First Division. In 2005, he signed with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, and although he saw no time with the first team, he played two games with the reserves.
After being released by the Crew, Smith joined the Cincinnati Kings of the PDL, and played for them for two years. On February 17, 2007, the Minnesota Thunder announced the signing of Smith to a two-year contract. He played 12 games for Minnesota in 2007. Smith suffered a double sports hernia injury in the 2008 season. Smith returned for his second stint with the Cincinnati Kings in the PDL in 2009-2010.
Smith also coaches for the Blackhawks of St. Paul U15 C1 girls which he helped to get to state, and the Saint Paul Academy and Summit School Boys JV team, which he coached to a record of 10-6 and 48 goals scored. On April 21, 2006, the College of Mount St. Joseph hired Smith as an assistant with both the men's and women's soccer teams.