Soccer Coach Nominated for Prestigious National Honor


Longtime Sandia Prep Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Tommy Smith is a finalist for National Soccer Coach of the Year.

Sponsored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA), the award recognizes finalists’ coaching longevity; win/loss record; service to high school sports; and more. 

Smith is one of only eight soccer coaches nationwide to receive the honor. “I am honored and grateful to be considered for this prestigious coaching award,” Smith said. "To be one of eight finalists is an unbelievable privilege. I hope to represent our school and state admirably."

Coach Smith has led Prep teams to 11 high school State Championships and has been named New Mexico High School Coach of the Year seven times. A former University of New Mexico Lobo soccer player, Coach Smith also played professionally for 10 years.

This is his second NHSACA nomination; the first was in 2005.

Finalists will be recognized at the NHSACA national conference in Lincoln, Neb., in July. Athletic directors and coaches in 18 sports throughout the United States attend the event.

Nominations were originally announced in 2020, but the convention was postponed because of COVID-19.