July 11, 2005
Former Northwest Assistant Jarrod Smith Takes Over Head Tennis Spot at Drury
Courtesy of Drury Sports InformationMARYVILLE, Mo. -- Jarrod Smith, a former standout player and assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State, has been named the new women's tennis coach at Drury, athletic director Dr. Edsel Matthews announced on June 27.
Smith, 24, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant for both the men's and women's programs at Northwest. The women's squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals each season. The Lee's Summit native will begin his duties at Drury on August 8 as the team prepares for its first season of competition in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
"We're excited to have a young talent of Jarrod Smith's caliber joining us at Drury," Matthews said. "He has an outstanding background, a real dedication to the game and is an outstanding recruiter. He has a lot of connections, and we believe he'll help us get our women's tennis program to the level of our men's."
Smith was a standout player at NMSU as well, lettering all four seasons and earning six Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Associations championships (three in singles, three in doubles. He was a first-team all-MIAA selection each season from 2000-03.
On his new position at Drury, Smith says "I think we have the potential to be among the top handful of Division II teams in the country.
"I've heard great things about the administration at Drury," Smith continued, "and of course, Amine (Boustani) is here, and he's one of the best coaches in Division II. I think he's going to help me out a lot."
Smith replaces Kim Adamson, who resigned in May to pursue other interests after five seasons at Drury. The Panthers finished 13-7 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, losing to Abilene Christian 5-0 in the opening round.
Smith becomes the eighth assistant under head coach Mark Rosewell to take over a collegiate program.
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