Our Staff

John Smith - President

John Smith was well-known as one of the premier place-kickers in the National Football League from 1973-1983. To gain teaching experience, John came to the United States from England in the summers of 1970-72 and developed soccer programs at two different summer camps in western Massachusetts. His shooting power in soccer did not go unnoticed and the New England Patriots invited him to try out as a placekicker in 1973. He led the NFL in scoring in 1979 and 1980 and was voted All-Pro.

John was instrumental in organizing the World Cup Campaign for Boston prior to 1994. During the event, he worked as the soccer analyst for Channel 5 TV and Cable News. For the past 34 years, he has run his own camps and clinics in Massachusetts. John has been instrumental in starting youth soccer programs in various towns, as well as teaching thousands of coaches and parents to enjoy working with young soccer players of all ability levels.

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Felicity Day - Director of Coaching

The tradition continues with Felicity, John's eldest daughter, joining the family business after a successful college career at Mary Washington College. After being named All-American at college, Felicity went on to play for Arsenal Women's Team in England.

Felicity progressed to coach at the collegiate level for two years and is now the full time Coaching Director at John Smith Soccer Schools and Sports Center. She has received her NSCAA Premier Diploma in coaching, one of a handful of women in the country to have received this highest coaching qualification With Distinction. Felicity is on now the NSCAA Academy Coaching Staff and travels around the country coaching youth and college coaches. Felicity was inducted into the University of Mary Washington's sports Hall of Fame in October 2009.

Linda Smith
This winter, John Smith Sports will celebrate Linda's 27th year of employment! Linda grew up in Marlboro before becoming a member of the US Women's National Hockey team. Linda has been a soccer goalkeeper coach at numerous colleges and high schools for the past 20 years, most recently helping Medfield High School to a post season tournament bid in the Fall 2015. Linda has also coached at UMass-Dartmouth, Brandeis University, and Dana Hall School. Linda now resides in Shrewsbury with her bird, Tinkerbell and 2 dogs, Mimi and Cassie, one of whom can always be found at the bubble!
Tara Donaher
Tara is the Director of Little Kickers Child Care which opened in September of 2016. Tara joined our staff in 2004, after being a 'stay at home mom' to raise her three children, Andrew, Samantha and Jason. Tara played soccer at high school and college and continues to play on Monday nights with her women's team. With a background in early childhood development, Tara helped grow our Munchkin Program with her nurturing, enthusiastic and energetic ways and will continue that same way with her work at Little Kickers.


Felicity Day

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Full Time Coaching Director

Felicity, John's eldest daughter, joined the family business after a successful college career at Mary Washington College. She was named All-American at college, went on to play soccer in England and was inducted to the University of Mary Washington's sports Hall of Fame in October 2009.