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Santa Clara extends Smith's contract for seven years
February 12th, 2014 2:49PM

TAGS:  college women


[COLLEGE WOMEN] Jerry Smith, one of only three coaches in Division I women's soccer to have won more than 400 career matches, has had his contract extended by Santa Clara University for seven years.

Smith led the Broncos to the 2001 national championship -- the school's first outright title -- and taken them to the final four 10 times.

In 2013, SCU was 16-4-2 overall and shared the WCC title, the 10th in program history, with an 8-1-0 mark. It was the second-highest scoring offense in the country during the season.

Santa Clara also announced that Smith will be the executive director of the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy that will open the summer of 2014. Smith will partner with the School of Education and Counseling Psychology Dean Nick Ladany. The program is focused on leadership skills training.

"I am thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to finish my coaching career here at Santa Clara.  I am a Bronco for life," said Smith, entering his 28th season with the Broncos in 2014.  "The vision, mission and core values of Santa Clara University, the Bronco Athletic Department and the women's soccer program fit perfectly with my family and me. We are very excited about where we can go in the next 10 years and beyond, and believe the future is bright for women's soccer and Bronco athletics as a whole. I look forward to continuing my passion for educating Bronco student-athletes and helping them prepare for success on and off the field."

Smith, whose career record is 410-126-52, resides in San Jose with his wife, former U.S. national team star Brandi Chastain. His mother, Azucena Medina, lives with the couple and their 7-year-old son, Jaden Chastain Smith. His oldest son, Cameron Smith, 25, is in his third year of law school at Santa Clara.

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