SJC Announces Retirement of Coach Gary Smith

PATCHOGUE, NY –OCTOBER 7, 2011 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce the retirement celebration of men’s soccer coach Gary Smith. The occasion will be celebrated at the team’s last home game of the season vs. SUNY Purchase on October 22, 2011, with a reception to immediately follow. The game will take place at 4 p.m. at the Medford Sports Complex on Horseblock Road in Medford and the reception will be on the College’s Long Island Campus in the McGann Conference Center.

During his 26 years at SJC, Coach Smith established both the men’s soccer and women’s softball programs, and in 2000, he became the first coach to lead a team to a Skyline title and compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament with the women’s softball team. In 2008, the men’s soccer team won the Skyline championship and he became the first coach to take two different teams to an NCAA Tournament. Coach Smith was inducted into the Golden Eagle’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

“It is never easy to say goodbye to an old friend and a great coach,” said Don Lizak, director of athletics on the Long Island Campus. “Gary Smith has done so much for SJC and all of the student-athletes that have passed through his programs. We celebrate his accomplishments and are grateful for his 26 years of service and dedication. We wish him happiness and good health in the years to come.”

Coach Smith’s career highlights include winning the NAIA District 31 soccer championship in 1991, three Skyline championships, two for soccer (2008, 2009) and one for softball (2000), five consecutive Hudson Valley Conference crowns from 1995-1999 and three WIAC championships. He has also coached three NCAA statistical champions: Allyson Wolff, Tim Trava and Chris Kunzig. Coach Smith is ranked by the NCAA as one of the winningest Division III coaches on both the active and all-time lists. In addition, he has built a network where more than 15 of his players have become youth coaches.

Gary Smith, a Patchogue-Medford High School and University at Albany graduate, taught English at East Islip and Commack High Schools until retiring in 1997. He lives in Hampton Bays with his wife Paula.

For more information about Coach Smith’s retirement celebration, contact Matthew Colson ’02, director of alumni relations and stewardship at 631.687.2653 or mcolson@sjcny.edu.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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