Gary Smith | Head Coach
Smith, 50, rejoins the MLS coaching ranks after a two-year stint with Nashville SC in the USL. During Smith’s time in the USL, Nashville SC won 30 matches and made the playoffs in both years.
Smith coached Nashville SC to a 12-9-13 record in the club’s inaugural season, good enough for a playoff appearance before being knocked out by Cincinnati FC in penalties. Nashville also won three U.S. Open Cup games, which included a victory over Smith’s former club, the Colorado Rapids of MLS.
In March of 2019, Smith was announced as Nashville SC’s MLS head coach.
Smith is best known for winning the MLS Cup with the Rapids in 2010, when his team defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in the final. This championship gives Smith the distinction of being one of only five English coaches to win a top-flight trophy outside of England.
Smith, a native of Harlow, England, began his young playing career at Arsenal before joining Fulham’s academy and eventually signing as a professional. His career was cut short by injury but his greatest playing time came with Wycombe Wanderers, where he made 66 appearances over 1990–92.
Smith’s coaching career in England included stints at Wimbledon, Wycombe and Watford before he joined the Rapids as Academy Director for Arsenal FC as part of worldwide development program for the Premier League Club. He then led the Rapids MLS team for three seasons before moving to Stevenage in England’s League One, where he served as head coach for two seasons, qualifying for the League 1 playoffs in his first season.
Smith also served as coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks during their 2015 North American Soccer League campaign.
Smith resides in Nashville with his wife, Emma, and his three children.