Kerry Smith just completed her second season with the Yale women's swimming and diving team, helping the team achieve an undefeated Ivy League dual meet record and win their first Ivy League Championship in nearly two decades. She assists Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming Jim Henry and Head Diving Coach Chris Bergere.
In her first season with the Bulldogs, Smith helped coach the team to an undefeated Ivy League Dual Meet Record and a second-place finish at the 2016 Ivy League Championships. Additionally, Smith helped coach three athletes to the 2016 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
During her second season with the Bulldogs, Smith helped to coach the team to their first Ivy League Championship title in nearly 20 years and their second consecutive Ivy League Dual Meet title.
Smith's prior collegiate coaching experience includes experience at the Division I and Division II levels. She spent two seasons with the University of Virginia, where she primarily worked with the middle-distance swimmers, and helped lead the team to the ACC Championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as 11th and fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Division I Championships in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Before the University of Virginia, Smith coached the sprint and middle-distance swimmers at Wingate University in North Carolina, leading the team to a conference championship and a sixth-place and 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships for the women's team and men's team, respectively. Wingate also had multiple All-Americans during Smith's time as a coach. Also at the Division II level, Smith coached the distance swimmers at Truman State University during the 2011-2012 season.
In 2008, Smith was named an ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Fellow. She completed research into the survival of swimming and diving programs across the country to determine how best to limit the number of teams that get dropped from the varsity athletics departments at colleges and universities.
Smith competed at the collegiate level for Penn State. She was named the team captain in 2005 and was a member of the Big Ten Championship team in 2002 and 2005.