Matt Smith - Program Director / Head Varsity Coach
For the past seven years, Coach Smith has worked as Athletic Director for the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) where he manages athletic programming for sixteen charter schools with over 8,000 public school students in Chicago. He also served as Hockey Director for the Chicago Jets Hockey Club for five years where he was responsible for NIHL hockey programming for ten youth travel ice hockey teams and more than twenty coaches.
In addition to his involvement in local hockey, Coach Smith also served as a Regional Scout for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP). While with the NTDP, Coach Smith worked closely with Head Coach Don Granato and attended both the NTDP national evaluation camp (Ann Arbor, MI) and USA Hockey’s Boys Select Player Development Camp (Amherst, NY). Mr. Granato, now Associate Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, describes Coach Smith as being “professional, responsible, conscientious and passionate….a critical thinker, an effective communicator…and very effective on the ice leading skill clinics, maintaining energy, pace and flow.” Coach Smith will be joining Coach Granato this August to help lead the Badgers youth hockey camp in Madison, WI.
Many current and former Wolfpack players have experienced Coach Smith’s high-energy practices. The combination of his intense work ethic, his passion for player development and his administrative and management experience make him uniquely qualified to take the Saint Ignatius Hockey program to the next level.
Former Ignatius Hockey Captain Donny Flynn, Class of 2015 (currently attending Stanford University), had this to say about Coach Smith: “He really holds hard work, effort and intensity in high regard. He was a very important coach in my development as a hockey player.”
Matt Smith is a graduate of Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) where he played four years of college hockey (NCAA, Div.-III).
Spencer Montgomery - Varsity Assistant
Nick Ustaski - Varsity Assistant
Christian Grunnah - JV Head Coach
Mike Rigitano - JV Assistant
Deon Kidd - JV Assistant
James Borgard - Goalie Coach