Wall enters his first season as head coach for men's soccer at Lees-McRae College.
“We have found a young man with great recruiting skills, personality and a desire to be successful at the NCAA DII level,” praised McPhail. “Rich is well-known in North Carolina and it became apparent he was the right man for the job after consulting with many people. He understands our rich history and will make all very proud.”
Wall spent last season as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Brevard College. He was the director for recruitment of student-athletes, developed session plans for the first team and reserve team training, built scouting reports and spearheaded the travel and recruiting budget.
Currently, he serves as the head coach for the West Virginia Chaos of the Premier Development League in Charleston, W. Va.
During a four-month stint in Harrison, N.J., Wall was a training programs coach at the New York Red Bull Academy and was in charge of team training U5-U14 boys and girls for the Plainedge Soccer Club as well as ball mastery sessions for U7-U13. He led spring camps and clinics in the Long Island region.
From Jan. 2013 to March 2014, Wall served as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College and the associate director of coaching for U11-U14 boys at Waxhaw Soccer Club.
In 2012, he was the director of soccer operations for the men’s soccer squad at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.
“I want to thank President Buxton, and Vice President McPhail for this tremendous opportunity. I am excited to be part of the Bobcat family, and the men's soccer program,” said Wall. “I hope to build on the momentum that Coach Squires and Rusling have established for the program going into this season. This group of student-athletes I am inheriting are optimistic and are hungry to take this program to the next level, and as a coach, you cannot ask for anything more.”
Wall is a Gardner-Webb graduate in sport management and has earned his USSF “C” license, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I certification and NSCAA Junior Level VI diploma.
Smee enters his first season as assistant coach for men's soccer at Lees-McRae.
“After meeting with Daniel, I knew we had someone special. His passion and love for soccer were clear, but the impact he can make on our young men by the way he carries himself was truly significant,” praised Craig McPhail. “He will be a catalyst to our success and thankful to have him on our staff.”
Prior to coming to LMC, Smee spent the last seven-plus months as the Head Sports Coordinator for Quantum Sports Center and as the head coach of Charleston FC in Charleston, W. Va.
While earning his masters at Slippery Rock University in Parks and Resource Management, Smee served as the interim head coach for the fall of 2013 before returning as the graduate assistant in 2014.
“Daniel is a first class individual, his impact on this program will be noticed both on and off the field. As a student-athlete, he was an academic and an athletic All-American,” said LMC’s head coach Rich Wall. “His excellence in those areas will be contagious, and will contribute to the continued academic and athletic success for all of our student-athletes.”
During the summer of 2014, Smee served as the assistant coach for the WV Chaos PDL in Charleston, W. Va., and ran a one-week camp for youth’s from the ages of 6 to 14. He was the head coach of the reserve team in practices and eight matches.
He was an eight-time representative on the Dean’s List at West Virginia Wesleyan College, while being named an academic All-American in 2013. Smee was an athletic All-American in 2012 and was named to the all-conference team three times as well as the all-region squad.
“I would like to thank President (Barry) Buxton and Vice President McPhail for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am absolutely delighted to be here at Lees-McRae, coaching the sport I grew up playing and loving,” said Smee. “The men’s soccer program is one with huge history in NCAA Division II and I can’t wait to get out on the field and get started.”
Smee is bilingual (English & Spanish) and played professionally for the Gretna Football Club in Gretna, Scotland.