Gary Smith was introduced as the sixth head coach in Colorado Rapids history on November 11, 2008.
Smith assumed the head coach position having served as the Rapids’ interim head coach during the club’s final 11 matches of the 2008 season.
In less than three seasons under his leadership, Smith has led the Rapids to the top of the league culminating with the club’s first-ever championship.
The Rapids had a season to remember on their way to winning the 2010 MLS Cup ending the regular season with a record of 12-8-10, 46 points- which was the second most in team history – and in the process clinching their first playoff berth since 2006.
Colorado was the second highest scoring team in MLS in 2010 with 44 goals and for a second consecutive season finished with a club-best home record of 8-2-5. The Rapids were the first team in MLS history to win four consecutive home games by a margin of three or more goals and their 10 game home unbeaten streak from May 29-October 2 was the third longest in franchise history.
In his first full season as head coach in 2009, the Rapids saw many successes as the club posted a then best-ever home record at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, set a new franchise best eight-game unbeaten streak and achieved their highest point total since 2006.
Originally joining the Rapids’ organization in February 2008 as an assistant coach, Smith brought with him 10 years of experience as a professional player and full-time coach in the English FA.
A UEFA “A” badge holder, Smith began his coaching career with Wimbledon F.C. as a senior level coach. In 2004, he became the assistant first team coach for the Wycombe Wanderers. Following the resignation of Wycombe manager Tony Adams, Smith filled the role as interim head coach leading the club to a 4-0 record under his guidance.
Smith moved to the position of reserve team coach for Watford F.C in 2005. During his first season with the club, the First Team was promoted to the Premiership.
Throughout 2007, Smith served as a scout for the Rapids’ partner club Arsenal F.C.
As a professional player, Smith spent four years with Fulham, two years with Barnet F.C. and one year with Colchester United before injuries forced him into a premature retirement.
Smith and partner Emma Penn reside in Stapleton with their three children, Millie and twins and Sonny and Summer.