Shelley Smith – Head Women's Soccer Coach
If there was ever any question about the program Shelley Smith has built, it was put away at the end of the 2011 season when Smith's South Carolina squad won its second piece of conference hardware in a three-year span and advanced to its fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Smith’s program has continued its upward trajectory and begins the 2015 season riding the momentum of the school’s first NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
After a regular season that saw Smith collect her 200th career head coaching victory, a pair of wins over top-10 teams and Savannah McCaskill earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, a postseason run cemented the 2014 team’s place in the record book. The Gamecocks were awarded their second-straight national seed in the NCAA Tournament after posting a 14-6-5 record and an SEC Tournament Semifinal appearance and hosted rival Clemson in the first round. A heart-stopping penalty kick shootout the No. 22 Tigers at Stone Stadium ultimately ended with South Carolina advancing. Against Seattle in the second round, the Gamecocks earned their second-straight shutout, despite missing All-American Sabrina D’Angelo in goal due to an injury. Freshman Abbey Crider stepped between the pipes for her first collegiate start and delivered two crucial saves in the team’s second round of penalty kicks in as many games to move the Gamecocks on to the Round of 16 for just the second time in school history. Two days later, Crider posted her second shutout of the weekend, this time against No. 6 North Carolina on their home turf. The 1-0 victory advanced South Carolina to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. South Carolina is the only active Division I soccer program with a winning record against the vaunted Tar Heels, with both wins coming in Chapel Hill with Smith at the helm. Florida State proved to be too much in the national quarterfinal, but the program had taken another step and wrapped up the season ranked No. 9 in the final NSCAA rankings, tying a program high.
After only seven wins in 2012, Smith's program re-emerged on the national scene in 2013, rising to as high as No. 7 in the NSCAA poll. A 1-0 defeat of No. 7 Duke during the opening weekend was just the beginning. With only one loss on their record heading to No. 8 Florida in early October, the Gamecocks became the first program in the SEC to topple the Gators in consecutive matches in Gainesville, Fla., (2011 & 2013) as they pulled off a dramatic 2-1 win in double overtime. It marked the first time program history that a Gamecock team had defeated pair of Top 10 opponents in the same season.Read more »
Jamie Smith – Associate Head Women's Coach
Jamie Smith is in his 14th year as associate head coach and 16th season overall with the South Carolina women's soccer program in 2015. In his first two years at USC, Smith was an assistant coach for the Gamecocks before being promoted to associate head coach in April 2003.
Smith has been instrumental in developing South Carolina into the top defensive unit in the SEC and as one of the top units in the nation. In working with the backs, Smith has turned the program into a unit that has been ranked in the top two in the SEC every season since 2007. The squad led the conference in every major defensive category in 2009, including goals allowed, shots allowed, goals against average and shutouts. That was followed with a 2010 season where the defense squad had a streak of 11 consecutive games in limiting opponents to four shots on goal or less, and finished the regular season as the SEC's leader in every major defensive category including goals against average, shutouts, shots allowed and points allowed.
The Gamecock defensive unit was once again the top in the league in 2011 with a goals against average that was 0.2 points lower than the next team, held seven of 11 SEC opponents to four shots on goal or less and posted nine shutouts in addition to leading the conference in nearly every defensive category including goals allowed and points allowed.Read more »
Clark McCarthy – Assistant Coach
Clark McCarthy is set to begin his first season as an assistant coach at South Carolina after joining the staff in June of 2016. The Columbia, S.C., native will work primarily with the Gamecock goalkeepers.
McCarthy comes to South Carolina following multiple coaching stints around the state. He served as the head men’s soccer coach for five seasons at Dreher High School, where he led his team to the state playoffs each year. McCarthy worked with and developed 10 All-Region players throughout his tenure as head coach, including the 2013 Region Player of the year.
McCarthy has spent much of his coaching career specifically developing goalkeepers. He was the goalkeeper coach for the Columbia College women’s soccer program this past fall, and he also worked with goalkeepers as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the 2010 season. For the last five years, McCarthy has been the goalkeeper trainer for South Carolina’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Columbia.Read more »
Shelley Smith’s Carolina Soccer School and clinics shall be open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).