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Jacki SMith, volleyball action, 2018-04-30 

Jacki Smith, volleyball headshot, 2018-04-30Head Coach Jacki Smith                                                                                  
Phone: 507-222-5675

Jacki Smith was named head coach at Carleton on April 30, 2018.

Smith returns to her native Minnesota after guiding Lancaster Bible College (Pa.) to a 12-20 overall record with a .667 winning percentage in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and a berth in the 2017 NEAC Championships. Smith is the ninth coach in Carleton volleyball history, and takes over the reins of the program from Heidi Jaynes, who was promoted to a full-time athletics administration role in March 2018 after 19 successful seasons at the helm.

Prior to her time in Pennsylvania, Smith served two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (UNWSP). While on the coaching staff there, the Eagles won back-to-back Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular-season and postseason titles to earn berths in the NCAA Championships. The 2015 squad advanced to the NCAA regional final while the 2016 team went 34-5 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.

A two-sport athlete at UNWSP, Smith graduated in December 2014 and jumped right into coaching after the Eagles’ 2014-15 basketball season concluded. She spent the next two years as head coach for the U-16 girls basketball team for Crossfire Youth Sports, an AAU program based in Champlin, Minn. In July 2015, she added volleyball and girls basketball coaching positions at Concordia Academy, holding all three roles until July 2017.

Smith, a middle hitter on the volleyball court, battled injuries throughout her playing career at Northwestern but finished with 136 career blocks (0.91 per set). The Eagles made the NCAA Division III Tournament every season Smith was with the team and won at least 23 matches each year.