Dustin Smith enters his fourth season as head coach and eighth year at Florida Tech.
In his three years at the helm as Head Coach, the Panthers have compiled a 30-19-5 winning record and were ranked as high as #14 (NSCAA) and #8 (Hero Sports) respectively in the polls during the 2016 Fall campaign.Thw Panthers 2018 Fall season saw them make history and win their first ever Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship.
In 2015,Smith's first year as Head Coach, he guided the Panthers to a strong 10-5-2 campaign, which included a remarkable 8-3-0 mark on the road. Led by a stingy defense that topped the league in goals-against average (0.76), Florida Tech reached the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals before falling 2-1 to then-No. 8 Barry. Five players were named to all-region teams along the way, four of whom received second team recognition.
Prior to being named head coach, Smith served as an assistant for five seasons under the late Fidgi Haig. Within that span, Florida Tech accumulated a combined record of 47-32-13, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Final Four appearance, an NCAA Division II South Region Championship and one Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Co-Championship.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Smith moved to Florida and grew up playing club soccer for the Challengers 76 (Space Coast) and FC America (Orlando) teams, respectively.
He graduated in 1994 from Melbourne High School where he captained the 1994 state champion Bulldogs to a 21-1-2 record his senior year. Smith then continued his playing career in Charleston, S.C. from 1994-98 as a four-year starter at Charleston Southern University where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. While playing for the Buccaneers, he captained the 1997 squad to a 16-5-1 record and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth against the No. 2 nationally ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Smith was voted to the Big South All-Conference Team in 1996 and 1997.
Following his collegiate career, Smith played two seasons with the USL’s Myrtle Beach Sea Dawgs from 1998-99. He also served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University from 1998–2000 under the tutelage of his former coach Shaun Docking, who is currently still there.
Smith is coaching at Brevard SA currently and has previously coached at Orlando City ECNL, Space Coast Soccer Club, FC America (currently GPS/FPS), FSA (currently Orlando City) and IUS (currently Florida Rush) with a combined 18 seasons under his belt between these organizations.