Men's soccer promotes Ron Smare to associate head coach

San Jose, Calif. - Ron Smare has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach for the San Jose State University men's soccer program. The announcement was made by Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair.

Smare has been the assistant coach for the Spartans for the past 16 years. He has worked with Gary St. Clair at San Jose State since St. Clair took over as head coach. For two consecutive seasons in 2001 and 2002, Smare was a nominee for the AFLAC “National Assistant Coach of the Year” award. The 1977 graduate of San Jose State earned his master’s degree from Stanford University in 1981.

“He certainly deserves it,” said St. Clair. “He’s been my right-hand man for 16 years. That speaks for itself. He is a very intelligent and articulate coach. He knows what he is doing. This adds further credibility to our program. To have a very good man in that position, is vital for us. I’m very, very happy for him.”

“I’ve been proud to be a part of this program all these years, and am thrilled to continue on (in this new capacity),” said Smare. “I’m really excited about the future of the program.”