Derrick Smith has coached at all levels of soccer in the Central Florida area for the past 5 years before coming to Webber International University in the fall of 2016. Prior to Webber Derrick has and is still working with the girls program at West Florida Flames. At West Florida Smith is a part of the ECNL program. A program which is the highest level of competition in U.S Women’s Youth Soccer and identifies elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting/identification program based on national competitions. For the ECNL program, Smith has assisted the ECNL teams in coaching training sessions, game preparation, communication with players, and helping give players proper college exposure. His main role at the club is to execute the same philosophy in the ECNL Development programs which he head coaches.
Smith also has experience Ocala’s Stampede’s United Soccer Leagues Premier Development Program and U-20 Reserve group. The Premier Development League (commonly known as the PDL) is a development league sponsored by United Soccer League in the United States and Canada, forming part of the United States soccer league system. During tenure at Ocala he help guide the team to a southeast divisional title, their first ever Conference title, and a National Semi-final. He also spent time directing and guiding the Ocala Stampede’s USL-U-20 program to a 3rd place finish in the Southeast division that included a win against the national finalist. Multiple players that were apart of the program during Smith’s tenure have move into the pro ranks in the United States and abroad.
Derrick played his college soccer at Limestone College. He helped the program achieve at that time one of the schools best finishes in history which included the programs first ever NCAA playoff run and a 13th in the nation ranking. He also played PDL at IMG Academy under Tom Durkin.
Derrick is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach and is in the process of obtaining his C license.