Coach Smith is a Tyler native who played locally and for Tyler Legacy High School for a total of 12 years and went on to play for one year at Tyler Junior College. He holds a national soccer coaching license and has coached for 27 years at various school and club soccer levels.  He’s currently entering his 14th year as the Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Grace Community High School, where he has 7 district titles and Regional appearances, 4 Final Four appearances, and 2 State Championships. He also coaches locally for the FC Dallas East Texas Club, Under 12 and Under 13 girls. His motto for his teams is, “You can’t play the perfect game, but you can always give a perfect effort.”

Mitch currently resides in Tyler, Texas, with his wife of 28 years, Sherri, and he has two great children, a son, Jake, and a daughter, Brittany. Coach Smith says of his soccer girls, “I always want to be someone they see as a strong Christian Husband and Father. God is my Rock and Savior, so before they see me as a Soccer Coach, I hope they see me first and foremost as a born-again Christian.”