Since joining the Minuteman family in the fall of 2000, Dean Smith has helped lead the University of Massachusetts soccer team to a 27-12-3 record. In his first two seasons, UMass has claimed the 2000 Atlantic 10 regular season championship and the 2001 A-10 Tournament title.
Last season, Smith helped mold a Minuteman defense that allowed just 27 goals in 22 games. UMass also posted seven shutouts on the year. His tutalege of all-Atlantic 10 sweeper J.R. Pouncey, along with defenders Shawn Green and Fred Kinateder helped the Minutemen advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The addition of Dean Smith to head coach Sam Koch's staff turned out to be just what the 2000 edition of UMass soccer needed. After watching his team score 46 goals and allowing 33 in 1999, Koch brought in Smith to help instill a defensive mindset to the program.
Smith helped turn the UMass defense around in just one season, as they allowed only 19 goals in his first season (down from 33 the season before). Junior goalkeeper Bryan O'Quinn led the Atlantic 10 with a 0.91 goals against average, and posted a conference-leading seven shutouts. For his efforts, O'Quinn was named to the All-Atlantic 10 second team.
The Minutemen allowed 42 fewer points during Smith's first season on campus, and J.R. Pouncey claimed All-Atlantic 10 honors for his work on the defensive end.
Smith came to the UMass program after playing at Boston University from 1995-98, where he was a central defender and captain. He earned first team All-America East honors in 1996, 1997 and 1998, while he received first-team All-New England accolades in 1998. Smith was selected team MVP in 1998 and Outstanding Freshman in 1995.
Smith, who is from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, has a wealth of international soccer experience. He was a member of the Everton Football Club Youth Training Scheme and the Newcastle United Football Club Youth Team. He was the Vice Captain of the England Schools F.A. under 18 team in 1993-94, and has six international caps. Smith, who holds a bachelor's degree in health sciences, is enrolled in the M.B.A. program at UMass. He resides in Northampton, Mass.
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