Smith began her Geneva coaching career as an assistant under former head coach Cindy Guthrie in 1999, taking the helm of head coach in 2000. Prior to Geneva, Smith served as an assistant coach at LaRoche College for three years. A graduate of Duke University, where she earned three varsity letters in volleyball, Smith received her undergraduate degree in religion. Following her years at Duke, Smith continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Law degree. She then began her volleyball coaching career in the mid-80′s as the head coach for Mt. Lebanon High School.
In the last 16 years Smith has compiled a 289-226 coaching record (.561 winning percentage). In the last nine years (204-98 record) Smith served as co-head coach with Curt Conser.
In 2011, Geneva College became full-rights members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, joining the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) after a four-year transition period from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Smith and Conser earned an overall record of 126-51 record (.711 winning percentage) and a 77-14 record (.846 winning percentage) against PAC competition. Under their direction, Geneva has made a PAC post-season appearance every year since eligible in 2011, including earning the PAC Championship in 2011 and the South Region Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship in 2014.
2016 marks Smith’s return to head coach title after Conser resigned after a stellar nine-year run as co-head coaches.
“Clearly Coach Smith has played a huge part in building a legacy of excellence for Geneva College’s volleyball program,” said Van Zanic, Geneva’s Athletic Director. “I’m confident she will continue that excellence as she takes over an already very successful program. I know she is extremely excited to face this next challenge in her coaching life and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are putting the program in very good hands.”
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Assistant Coach Rachel Kline begins her first year with the Golden Tornadoes. After obtaining a Childhood & Special Education degree from Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) in 2016, Rachel returned home to Monaca, PA to join the Golden Tornadoes volleyball coaching staff. Rachel brings with her experience as a four year member of the Canisius volleyball program after playing volleyball in high school for Central Valley and seven years in the Renaissance volleyball club. “I first met Coach Wendy Smith when I played at Renaissance and we have stayed connected since then,” explained Rachel. “I’m excited to share my passion of the game and work with a great group of women who are very talented.”