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    Mike Smith, one of the architects who guided Oregon to a second place Pac-10 finish in 2006 and Santa Clara to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances during the first half of this decade, begins his fourth season as associate head coach on the Oregon staff.
    Smith joined the Santa Clara staff as the top assistant coach in 2002, and helped the Broncos to three NCAA appearances, including two Final Four trips, and an appearance in the 2002 national championship game.
    Outside collegiate circles, Smith served three seasons as Olympic Development Program (ODP) Regional IV Head Coach for the USA’s 14 western states. He has assisted with the U-17 women’s national team, been a part of the U.S. Soccer National Instructional Staff since 1999, and holds a US Soccer Federation A’ License the nation’s top coaching qualification.
    Prior to his college work, the Scotland native oversaw the Minnesota and Oregon youth soccer programs and worked with the state’s ODP program.
In his three seasons as a player at Southampton University in England, he was named Player of the Year as a senior after he helped the team finish second in the 1991 British Universities Indoor Soccer Championships. He graduated from Southampton with a bachelor’s in geography, and added a master’s in sociology of sport at the University of Leicester the following year.
    After his playing career, he worked as an assistant coach for the Southampton and Leicester women’s teams, then served as head coach for the Premier Boys Club Newcastlewest in Minnesota.
    Smith has two children, Brogan (12) and Fiona (10).