Andy Smith joined the California Golden Bears as an assistant coach in May of 2012. Smith, a former member of the US Women's National Team coaching staff, joins the Bears after spending 10 seasons on the Dartmouth staff, including six seasons as associated head coach for the Big Green.
In his time at Dartmouth, Smith helped guide the Big Green to five top-three finishes in the Ivy League Conference. Smith has served as the coaching director of the Olympic Development camps for U.S. Field Hockey in June 2003 and 2004.
Smith also was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. U-20 women's national team in April 2003 and served as a drag flick coach for the U.S. women's national team. In 2008, Smith was named an assistant coach for the 2008 New England High Performance Training squad.
Prior to joining the Big Green coaching staff, Smith, a native of Doncaster, England, rose quickly on the coaching ladder in Great Britain. Beginning as a colts coach in Doncaster, he quickly won titles at the U-9, 12, 14, 16 and 18 levels with the Beeston Hockey Club. In 2002, Smith became the first coach to lead U-18 and U-16 teams to state titles in the same year.
As a player, Smith has traveled to many parts of the world, including two times with the national English Hockey Association mixed team as well as claiming honors at U-18, U-21 and full/state county levels. He has played at the top level in England, Australia and Austria. Smith holds the highest coaching diploma in his native country and is one of a handful of U.S.-based coaches to hold a High Performance Coaching Certificate from the FIH.