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Shelley Smith Named to VPA Hall of Fame
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Shelley Smith Named to VPA Hall of Fame

MONTPELIER, VT – South Carolina women’s soccer head coach Shelley Smith has been named to the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, Class of 2024.  Seven standout student-athletes (including Smith), three coaches, an advisor, and one official have been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame for the Vermont Principals’ Association in May.

Shelley (Addison) Smith was an exceptional 3-sport athlete at Mount Anthony Union High School from 1985-89, a two-time All-American in soccer and a three-time all-state selection. She captained soccer, basketball, and softball teams during the 1987-88 school year, leading all three to state championships. A 1993 graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in nutritional science, Smith received her teacher’s certificate from the same institution in 1995. Smith started all four years for the Catamounts. Her primary positions were center midfielder and central defender. She was a regional All-American in both 1992 and `93 in addition to being named First Team All-North Atlantic Conference each year from 1991-93.

During her freshman year, the squad won the ECAC Tournament. Vermont was one of the first programs to offer women’s soccer as a varsity sport and it competed on a national level. Smith was named to Vermont’s Athletic Hall of Fame in the summer of 2004. Addison was inducted into the UVM Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. She currently coaches the University of South Carolina women’s soccer team, with a remarkable record of 306-136-60 (.669) over 24 seasons. Smith has led the Gamecocks to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, including a College Cup appearance in 2017. 

In addition to her experience as a coach, Smith brings experience from the semi-professional level. From 1996-2000, Smith played for the Boston Renegades in the W-1 League. Smith was captain in 2000 as she led Boston to the semifinals in the W-1 Championship. The Renegades reached the finals in 1998. Smith also had the opportunity to play overseas in 1994 as a member of the Sheffield United Women’s Football Club in England.

Smith worked as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College from 1995-97. The Big Green made the NCAA Tournament in her second season with the program.

Smith is married to South Carolina associate head coach Jamie Smith, a 1994 graduate of Providence College. They are the proud parents of two sons, Braden James, and Evan Addison. The family resides in Columbia, S.C. Smith has her USSF B license and the NCAA Advanced National Diploma. She is currently a member of the USYSA Regional Olympic Development Staff.