Smith is in his second season with the Heat women's program following a Canada West playoff appearance in his innagural season with the team. The Heat would make the playoffs for the first time under the guidance of the Scotsman in 2016/17 but would fall in the first round of the playoffs 3-0 to the eventual Canada West silver medalists, the Trinity Western Spartans.
Craig was formerly the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Quest University after ascending to the position from assistant. Since 2011, in his time at the University, he managed to gain Canada-wide recognition being the first Quest sports team to be ranked nationally. They were also the first Quest university sports team ever to win a trophy, winning bronze at the Provincial Championship. All of this was achieved in a university consisting of just 400 students. The team was also provincial runners up in 2013-2014.
Previously Craig had worked in Ottawa as head coach of the Ottawa Fury women’s team. They compete at the top end of the women’s game in North America (USL). In his three years at the Fury, the team won the league three times, the divisional title and made the final four in North America once. In the year the Fury made the North American Final Four (2009/10) Craig was named the North American Coach of the Year in the Women’s USL.
Smith, after his 3 years in Ottawa, working with some of the best international players in the women’s game where his success and ability to identify talent brought him to the attention of the national program.
After many discussions with John Herdman Smith became a part of two national women’s soccer team programs. He was part of the New Zealand staff for their Cyprus Cup appearance in 2011, and he was involved in Team Canada’s build up for London Olympics 2012 that won the bronze medal.
Smith has found a way to bring soccer to his other passion, working with children’s charities. The UBC Okanagan coach has volunteered for six-week to six-month stints in impoverished areas of Mexico and India. This work is a big part of his life, and he has also spent time coaching the children of orphanages and tribal girls in eastern India.
Scottish Football Association – Early Touches 2000
B.C Soccer – B Provincial Coaching Licence 2007
Canadian B National Coaching Licence 2008
2 time invitee women’s professional soccer league (Coaching combine) 2009/10
Field Turf North American W League Women's Coach of the Year 2009/10
PACWEST coach of the year 2015
UEFA B LICENCE (Ireland) April 2015
UEFA A licence (Scotland) June 2016
PLAYING CAREER: 7 years professional experience as a player in both Scotland and Australia.
Craig Smith's Coaching Record
|Year||Team||Overall||League||Playoff||Season Finish||Playoff Finish|
|2017/18||2||Heat||5||9||4||.265||2||9||3||.208||--||--||--||8th (Pacific Division)||----|
|2016/17||1||Heat||6||10||3||.310||4||9||1||.375||0||1||.000||6th (Pacific Division)||Lost in Play-in game|