Staff
Head Coach
Dustin Smith

Leading the Panthers in his second season at FIT, Smith registered an overall record of 11-6, with a home winning record of 6-1. In the 2016 outing, Smith's team ended the season ranking 2nd in SSC for shots, logging an outstanding total of 314 in 17 games played. Moreover, the Panthers defense took the 3rd place in SSC for goals-allowed average (0.82). Under Smith guidance, the Crimson and Gray landed to the SSC Tournament Quarterfinals, before falling to the Barry Buccaneers 1-0. Three players were named to All-SSC teams, while one player was named to D2CCA All-South Region Second Team.

In his first year at the helm, Smith guided the Panthers to a strong 10-5-2 campaign, which included a remarkable 8-3-0 mark on the road. Led by a stiff 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 has been the driving force behind Orlando City ECNL and Space Coast Soccer Club’s U17 girls clubs, with a combined nine seasons under his belt between the two organizations.

Assistant Coach
Jessica Monarch

Jessica Monarch will begin her second season as the assistant coach of the Florida Tech women's soccer team in 2016.

Prior to joining the Panther program, Monarch served for two years as a graduate assistant coach at Belhaven in a role that very much resembled that of a full-time assistant. Her responsibilities included planning and running practices, recruiting, organizing travel plans, budget planning and player development. Monarch also assisted with the operation of Belhaven’s summer soccer camps, all while earning her Master of Science in Sports Administration.

Monarch played collegiately at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama from 2008-12 where she played in 71 consecutive games, scoring 20 goals and recording eight career assists. She was NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, the Southern States Athletics Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an All-SSAC honoree in 2011. Additionally, Monarch was named the Faulkner Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

A standout in the classroom, Monarch garnered numerous academic awards during her time at Faulkner. She was a three-time SSAC Academic All-Conference selection, a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and was twice named Faulkner’s Champion of Character winner.

That vast array of experience was one of the primary reasons Monarch was selected from a talented pool of candidates to fill in the final piece of Smith’s inaugural staff.

“We are super excited to have the opportunity to bring in someone who not only has great experience playing but has also acquired some experience coaching at a high level,” Smith said. “Coming from Faulkner and going to Belhaven, which is a well-respected program, we are excited to have Jessica join our staff and bring important experience.”

Goalkeeper Coach
Doug Bonney

Doug Bonney enters his third season as the goalkeeper coach for the Panthers in 2017.

In his second season as Florida Tech goalkeeper coach, Bonney led the Panthers defense to a 2nd place in SSC for goals-allowed average (0.82).

Originally from Tustin, Calif., Bonney moved to Virginia and played his club soccer for the Prince William County Bandits as a goalkeeper.

He graduated in 1989 from Potomac Senior High School, where he captained the Panthers and was selected to the all-district team. Bonney then continued his playing career in Wilmington, N.C. from 1989-93 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a goalkeeper, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education with a Minor in Psychology.

Along with his duties at Florida Tech, Bonney has been the assistant coach at Melbourne High School for 19 years, where he has helped lead them to three FHSAA State Championships. Also, he is currently the coach of the U10 boys team for Brevard United and coaches goalkeepers individually. Bonney has helped several goalkeepers earn spots on Division I and II college teams throughout his coaching and training over the last 19 years in Brevard County.

He holds the NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and plans on furthering his coaching degrees.

Bonney lives in Melbourne Beach with his wife, Michelle, and his four sons.