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Drake University - Soccer Main

Men's Staff


Head Coach - Gareth Smith

Assistant Coach - Kyle Smith


Head Men's Soccer Coach - Gareth Smith

Gareth Smith is in his second season as head coach and seventh season overall with the Drake men’s soccer program. Smith led Drake to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title in the 2015 campaign. The tournament title clinched the Bulldogs third trip to the NCAA Tournament.

A native of Scotland, he played for Motherwell F.C. as youth Academy and reserve team player. From the age 15 through 18 he was selected for the Glasgow Regional Select Team for three consecutive years.
Smith has a master’s degree in physical education, health and recreation from Emporia State (Kan.) as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland, in sports coaching, development, and administration.

He holds a USSF ‘A’ license, UEFA license, USSF National Goalkeeping license, U.S. and Scottish F.A. National Youth license, and is a certified fitness and conditioning coach.

Smith has coaching experience at Club, College, State/Regional ODP, and Youth National team levels. He currently serves as an Iowa State Soccer Association coach educator, State and Region II ODP coach and has recently been involved with the U.S. U-14 National Team Program. He has presented at a national level on the topic of youth development, coaching and leadership.


Assistant Coach - Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith is in his second season as assistant coach and fourth season overall with the Drake men’s soccer program. Smith returned to Drake after a successful three-year head coaching stint at Cumberland University in TN. Overall Kyle has 10 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, either as an assistant or head coach.

Kyle played at the University of Charleston and Lambuth University during his collegiate career. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Health and Performance and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Hastings College.

He holds a USSF ‘B’ license, USSF  National Youth license.  Smith has coaching experience at College, Club, State/Regional ODP.


Camp Staff Coaches have included Regional NCAA 1, II and III / NAIA Coaches.
Former and Current Drake Men's players.