Chris Smith

Creative Football Coach & Player Development Specialist

  • Date Joined: 28th August 2018
A progressive and highly motivated football coach with a proven track record in providing young players the platform they need to excel within a first team environment, focusing on functional technical, game intelligence and holistic learning to fully support long term development.

Specialises in the provision of technical consultation and cognitive concepts for both players and clubs that is either tailored to a specific ‘game model’ or simply focused on overall development, making a tangible contribution towards individuals’ ability to perform at the highest level within the changing landscape of the modern game
Chris Smith

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    2014

  • Scottish Football Association: Advanced Youth Licence

    Scottish Football Association
    Advanced Youth Licence
    2010

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2010

  • Scottish Football Association: Children’s Coaching Award

    Scottish Football Association
    Children’s Coaching Award
    2009

Career History

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    Head Of Youth Academy
    2017 – 2018

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    Senior Development Coach U20
    2016 – 2017

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    Head Coach U17
    2015 – 2017

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Senior 2020 Development Coach
    2015 – 2016

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    Head Of Transition Academy
    2015 – 2015

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    U20 Assistant Coach
    2013 – 2014

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    U17 Head Coach
    2009 – 2014

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Senior Community Coach
    2008 – 2009

  • Dunfermline Athletic FC

    Dunfermline Athletic FC
    U15 Head Coach
    2008 – 2009

  • Hutchison Vale FC

    Hutchison Vale FC
    U15 / U16 Head Coach
    2006 – 2008

Key Achievements

  • Led Hibernian U17s to the Supercup NI final 2016 (formerly Milk Cup)
  • Helped develop Adam King who was signed by English Premier League team Swansea City for an undisclosed figure - believed to be £175,000 - in the 2013/14 January transfer window after making only three appearances for the Hearts first team
  • Helped developed Callum Paterson who was the 2013/14 top goal scorer for Hearts in the SPL and all competitions
  • Helped develop other players such as Ryan Porteous, Fraser Murray, Jason Holt, Jamie Walker, Sam Nicholson, Oli Shaw and many more.

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