In the summer of 2011, Conor Smith was named head coach of the men's tennis program.
He enjoyed a spectacular first campaign at the helm of the Polar Bears, leading the team to a 15-8 record, a runner-up finish in the NESCAC and a berth to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in program history. Additionally, he became the second coach in Bowdoin men's tennis history to earn NESCAC Coach of the Year honors.
Smith was previously the head coach for four years at
Bridgewater (Va.), and was twice named the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference men's tennis coach of the year, netting the honor most
recently in 2011 as the Eagles went 14-7 overall. He also claimed
the honor in 2009 after leading Bridgewater to a third-place finish
in the ODAC - the team's highest conference finish in 30 years.
Under Smith's direction, the squad set program records for
single-season wins in each of the past two seasons.
Smith played four years of tennis at the University of Mary Washington and was a two-time All-American. Smith was the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2000 and in 2001 he was individually ranked No. 30 in Division III. Smith earned his first All-American honor as a junior in 2002 and, as a senior captain, was named an All-American for the second time. He was ranked No. 15 in the nation and won the ITA Senior Regional Player of the Year.
Smith began his coaching career in September, 2003 as the men's assistant coach at Mary Washington, a position he held until May, 2005. Later in 2005, he accepted a position as women's assistant coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Mary Washington and in 2007 he received his Masters degree in history at Washington College.
In his first year at Bowdoin, Smith lead the men's team to a NESCAC Championship apperance. The 2011-12 squad made a run to the NCAA Quarfinals, the team's most succesful season since 2001-02.
Smith lives in Harpswell with his wife Chrissy and daughters Madeline & Gwenyth.