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Coaching For Life Academy

Academy Leaders

Jerry Smith

Founder and Executive Director of the Coaching for Life Academy Head Coach of Santa Clara Women’s Soccer

“Coaching is mostly about helping people grow. Certainly, we want people to master the skills of their sport and be more tactically aware, but our greatest responsibility is to help them grow mentally. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from former students who thank you for helping them develop a mentality that continues to assist them down a path of success and happiness in all aspects of their lives.”


  • Winningest women’s soccer coach in Santa Clara history
  • Top-5 women’s soccer coach in NCAA Division-1 history with over 400 wins
  • NCAA Champion and National Coach of the Year in 2001
  • 10 West Coast Conference titles and 10 Final Four appearances
  • 17 of Smith’s players have represented the U.S. Women’s National Team