Donald M. Smit

2006
Donald M. Smith, 63, a Gonzaga College High School history teacher who was considered one of the area's most successful boys' soccer
coaches, died July 27 from an allergic reaction to a bee sting at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala. He was stung July 25 in Caryville, Fla.,
where he moved a year ago, and was transferred to the Dothan hospital for treatment.
Mr. Smith, who taught and coached at the Catholic school in Northwest Washington twice for a total of 17 years, guided the Eagles to four
league soccer championships. The team captured the Washington Metropolitan Independent Soccer League title in 1983 and three
consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles from 2000 to 2002. His all-time record before his retirement in 2005 was
179-56-17.
A favorite teacher and a respected coach, he was named Gonzaga's Teacher of the Year and the 2001 All-Met Coach of the Year. The
WCAC Coach of the Year award is named in his honor.
He was born in Philadelphia and moved to the District during his junior year of high school. He graduated from Archbishop Carroll High
School and the University of Maryland, where he was a standout track athlete. He did graduate studies in history at the University of Vermont.
After graduating from college, Mr. Smith became a physical education teacher at Glenridge Junior High School in Landover Hills. Soon after,
he joined Mater Dei School in Bethesda, where he taught history and coached soccer and basketball.
In 1981, he moved to Gonzaga and continued to teach and coach. After four years, he returned to Vermont, where he had gone to camp as a
young boy, and taught at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock. In 1992, he rejoined Gonzaga.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Renee Smith of Caryville; a son, Timothy Brian Smith of Manchester Center, Vt.; his father, Charles E.
Smith of Caryville; and a brother, Charles "Chuck" Smith of Vienna.