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SCOTT SMITH | Head Coach

Scott Smith was elevated to head coach on April 2, 2019 having just completed his fourth season on the UB volleyball staff.  Smith was promoted to associate head coach following the season before stepping into the head role.

Last season, the Bulls went 18-11, including 10-6 in MAC play, its best record in school history in league play.  Buffalo entered the tournament as the #4 seed, earning a first round bye in the league tournament for the first time ever.  Other firsts for UB this past season included road wins at both Ohio and Western Michigan.  Smith helped UB place three on the postseason all-league teams including Andrea Mitrovic on the first team and Polina Prokudina and Kristinia Nieves on the second team.

In 2017, Smith was instrumental in the Bulls finishing with their best MAC record in school history at the time at 8-8 as several players that he primarily recruited were some of UB's top players during the season, including Mitrovic, who was named to the MAC's all-freshmen team.

In his first season with the Bulls, Smith helped coach the Bulls to 6-10 record in MAC play, tying for its best record ever in the conference at the time and earning a trip to the MAC Tournament.

At Georgia Southern, his primary responsibilities were recruiting, assisting with daily practices, scouting and video editing.

The Eagles have won over 100 matches during Smith’s five years on the coaching staff, making two of the school’s four NCAA Tournament appearances and winning two regular-season Southern Conference titles.

Smith served as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia Southern in 2010 and 2011 while earning his master’s degree in kinesiology - exercise science.

The native of Herndon, Va., Smith served as the freshman volleyball head coach at Herndon High School and assistant for the varsity team from 2008-09. Smith spent three seasons as a Select Division coach for the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association (2007-10). He also served as the Camp Director for the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association in the summer of 2012.

A 2007 graduate of Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management, Smith worked with the volleyball team as a student assistant in 2006 and 2007. In his first season, Smith worked with former GSU Head Coach Chad Callihan, assisting with daily practices. While at ASU, he was the men’s club volleyball captain and president all four years and earned all-conference accolades at outside hitter three times.

While attending Herndon High School, Smith was a four-year varsity wrestling lettermen and district champion. Unable to compete in volleyball in high school because there was no boys’ prep volleyball in Northern Virginia, Smith managed the varsity girls’ team for three years. He played Junior Olympic volleyball for one season with Metro Virginia 18’s.

Scott lives in Cheektowaga, NY with his wife Joan, who was an all-conference setter at Mount Olive College, an NCAA Division II program in Conference Carolinas.