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February 23, 2024

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Nashville SC Extends Contract of Head Coach Gary Smith

Smith’s extension comes after three consecutive seasons of reaching the playoffs.

Nashville Soccer Club announces the contract extension of head coach Gary Smith and his coaching staff through the 2025 Major League Soccer season. Smith’s extension comes after three consecutive seasons that reached the playoffs, a feat only expansion sides Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire FC, LAFC and Seattle Sounders FC have accomplished.

“We are thankful for the leadership that Gary and his coaching staff have provided, and excited to reward them as they continue to lead us into the future,” said Mike Jacobs, Nashville SC general manager. “Finishing joint fourth place in the Western Conference standings last season after the challenging travel and starting the season with the first eight matches on the road is no small feat.”

Smith is happy to see his contract extended.

“The team and city hold a special place in my heart, bonds that have been forged through some challenging times in our early history, so I couldn’t be happier to be extending my time here and helping the push towards bigger and better things on the field,” said Smith. 

Smith has established a strong foundation, bringing a competitive edge to Nashville with a gritty mentality that led the Boys in Gold to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the club’s expansion year despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This past season, Nashville SC earned its highest win total in club history (13) which led them to the Western Conference Quarterfinals, despite having started 2023 with eight matches on the road. During that road stretch, Smith’s side set a league record for most points earned per game (1.38) by teams who have historically started the season with eight or more matches on the road.

Gary Smith All-Time Head Coaching Record

Team/League
Games  
W    
L     
D
Nashville SC (MLS)
100
38
23
39
Nashville SC (USL Champ)
77
37
19
21
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
32
8
12
12
Stevenage (League Two; EFL)
67
22
26
19
Colorado Rapids (MLS)
111
43
33
35
Total
387
148
113
126

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.