RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina associate head coach Amy Smith has been named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Assistant Coach of the Year.
Smith has been a key part of UNC's transformation over the past year. She instilled a more competitive mindset in the team. Smith does all the music production and choreography for floor exercise, and is an exceptional balance beam coach.
"Amy has done a wonderful job in bringing out the best from Morgan Lane and Khazia Hislop on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise," says Galvin. "She has also spearheaded UNC’s sports marketing efforts which led to record setting attendance at home meets this year. Amy is a non-stop dynamo, she brings an intensity and dedication to the growth and improvement of our gymnastics program that has inspired everyone on the team.”
Smith joined the gymnastics program in 2013. She was promoted to Carolina's associate head coach in 2014.
Smith has played an instrumental role in developing some of Carolina's top all-arounders in recent seasons. Elizabeth Durkac was named the 2013 EAGL co-Gymnast of the Year. Haley Watts (2012-15) has had her two best seasons under Smith's tutelage and was the 2015 EAGL Senior of the Year. Morgan Lane has excelled in the all-around during her first two years at UNC, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals during both seasons.
Smith came to Chapel Hill from UCLA, where she served on the Bruins coaching staff during the 2011-12 season. She got her coaching start at UCLA in 1998 as an undergraduate assistant coach under the guidance of head coach Valorie Kondos Field. From 2003-2006, Smith coached at the University of Florida where she became an established choreographer, specializing in floor exercise. During her time at Florida, Smith choreographed routines for six All-Americas.
In 2007, Smith assumed the role of assistant coach at the University of Missouri. She served as the balance beam coach and choreographer until 2011. Smith choreographed All-America floor exercise routines and played a key role in Missouri’s success. Smith helped coach the team to a victory at the 2010 NCAA Regional where Missouri earned its first NCAA Championship berth in the gymnastics program’s history.
Smith returned to UCLA for the 2011-12 season and helped coach the Bruins to a third consecutive top-3 finish at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.
As a student athlete, Smith was a UCLA team co-captain in 1996 and 1997. She led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship in 1997 following a close runner-up finish in 1996. During her collegiate career, Smith was a three time All-America, twice on floor exercise and once on vault.