Joshua Smith, Women's Head Coach
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Joshua Smith begins his first season at Eastern New Mexico University as the Head Women's Soccer Coach in 2018. He is the sixth coach in program history and joins ENMU after spending the previous two seasons at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M.
Smith amassed a 16-15-2 record in two seasons of leading the Mustangs. In the fall of 2017, he led the women's team a stellar 13-4 record, which was the second-best record in program history. His squad was 8-3 in conference play which was the best mark in school history. For the season his team outscored opponents a combined 69-4 and finished the year just four points shy of a conference championship.
A big part of Smith's success in 2017 came from his recruiting class, where he signed 34 athletes to rebuild Southwest's program. The recruiting paid off on the field and off as well. His team finished the year with a cumulative GPA of 3.21.
Prior to the University of the Southwest, Smith was at Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. Smith went 36-5-2 during his two seasons and won a pair of Region 2 Tournament championships. The season prior to his arrival the team had won eight games the season before. After leading the team to a 19-3-1 record and a No. 15 ranking in the NJCAA in his first season, Smith guided the Mavericks to a 17-2-1 record in 2015, a No. 8 ranking in the NJCAA Division II polls and an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship along with the Region 2 Tournament championship. Smith was also named the OCAC/Region 2 Coach of the Year in 2015.
During Smith's time at NOC-Tonkawa, he had three players named to the NJCAA All-American Team, six players named First Team All-Region 2, seven players named First Team All-OCAC and four players earn NJCAA Player of the Week honors.
Smith's team also showed great improvement in the classroom as NOC-Tonkawa's grade point average went from 2.50 the year before Smith arrived to a 3.35 GPA in his last season. His teams were also active in fundraising, helping raise more than $30,000 for the program in less than two years.
Before leading NOC-Tonkawa, Smith was the head girls' soccer coach at Crandall High School in Texas for two seasons. In his second season he improved the team from 11-10-2 to 17-5-2 and guided the 3A program to a third-place finish in a 4A district. He finished as runner-up district coach of the year both seasons and increased the participation in the program from 15 to 52 girls in two years – making it possible to develop a junior varsity program. He also served as the school's head cross country coach for both the boys and girls.
During his time at Crandall High, he also was the goalkeeper coach for Cedar Valley College for the 2013 season.
Smith received his bachelor's degree in Communications from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, in 2009 and his master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi in 2011.
Joshua is married to Jen Smith. They have a son named Hunter.
Bryce Naples, Women's Assistant Coach
Jon Fridal, Men's Soccer Head Coach
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Leadership and hard work has enabled Jon Fridal to experience success throughout his coaching career. That formula should work well as he assumes the role of Men's Soccer Head Coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Fridal is the sixth head coach in the history of the program.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity and can't wait to get started," Fridal said. "ENMU is a special place with strong leadership that has installed a culture of success and I can't wait to be a part of that. My time at ABU (Alderson-Broaddus) was a great experience with (NCAA) Division II program. They were a three-win team when I arrived with the new coach. In my time there we turned things around quickly and made playoffs in the first year. We lost the conference championship game in PK's in year two. That was my first experience in turning a team around and at Indian Hills we took it to the next level."
In his final season at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, Friday was selected as NJCAA Region XI Coach of the Year and NJCAA Great Lakes District Coach of the Year. His staff was chosen as the United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.
"We are excited to bring Jon aboard the Greyhound coaching staff," ENMU Athletic Dierctor Dr. Greg Waggoner said. "John has proven success as a head coach and as a coach in the NCAA Division II. He is a strong recruiter and he has demonstrated success with developing a culture of expectations for student-athletes compatible with our values and goals. I am confident that Greyhound Men's Soccer is in good hands for years to come."
When the 2017 season concluded, Fridal's charges claimed four All-American honors, one NJCAA All-Tournament selection, NJCAA Region XI Player of the Year, 10 All-Region XI honorees, and four NJCAA Region XI All-Tournament selections. His teams tended to excel when challenged, posting a 7-2 record against teams in the top-20 or receiving votes section of the national poll.
In that season, he led IHCC to an 18-3 record with an 8-1 mark in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and a perfect 9-0 record at home. Indian Hills ranked second in the country with a team-record 98 goals scored and eclipsed another team record with eight shutouts. Under Fridal's direction, the Warriors won the ICCAC regular season title and the Region IX Tournament. In 2017 the program reached the National Tournament for the first time in program history and posted a win. The team also had its first-ever national ranking and was 11th or higher throughout the regular season, ranking as high as fifth.
Fridal's first year at IHCC saw the team claim the most wins in program history and the team's first All-American selection.
Prior to Indian Hills Community College, served as an assistant coach at Alderson-Broaddus University for two seasons (2014-15) and four years at Maryville University. Both programs accomplished great things during that time, with ABU reaching the Conference Championship Game in 2015 after finishing as the regular-season runner-up, among many other accolades.
In addition, Fridal picked up experience with the West Virginia Chaos and St. Louis Lions in the Premier Development League in 2013 and 2015. During that time, he ran training sessions, coordinatd travel and identified talented players. Fridal also coached club soccer with the Mountaineer United Soccer Club, Jefferson County United Soccer Club, and US Youth Soccer.
He enjoyed a strong collegiate career at NCAA Division I institutions St. Francis University and Western Illinois University. Fridal's strong play led SFU to its first Northeastern Conference Tournament berth and WIU to the NCAA Tournament. Fridal also competed for a number of club teams, before a professional career which spanned 1009-14 with the St. Louis Illusion, Illinois Piasa and St. Louis Ambush. With the Piasa, Fridal tallied 45 goals and 24 assists in 52 matches.
Stanley Smith, Men's Graduate Assistant
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Stanley Smith joined the Eastern New Mexico University men's soccer staff after a strong playing career with University of Houston-Victoria and brings plenty of coaching experience as well. He also served as a student ambassador at UH-Victoria's Student Success Center.
Smith came to ENMU after he served as the Texas United FC's director of operations. In this position, he planned, set up and managed all of the team's game-day events. Smith also had to adhere to all PDF regulations on field measurements before he managed the statistical crew at the home games. He also assisted with maintaining the team's social media presence before games.
In the Summer of 2016, Smith coached the Houston Dynamo club team and managed a group of players aged 5-18. He assisted these athletes in honing technique and tactics.
A four-year starter at UH-Victoria, Smith received the NAIA's Champions of Character Award as a freshman. During this time he became accustomed to leading and performing well under pressure. He also was very community oriented and was involved with Habitat for Humanity.
Ben Brewer, Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
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Ben Brewer - 2018 Men's Soccer Coaching Staff - Eastern New Mexico University
Volunteer Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Ben Brewer is entering his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the ENMU Men's Soccer team in 2018 after a three year playing career with the Hounds.
As a player, Brewer played three seasons at forward for the Hounds. In all he appeared in 17 games for ENMU in his three year career. He also served as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for the men's soccer team in 2016 and 2017.
Brewer has also served as sports instructor and coach for a number of organizations. In 2017, he was a YMCA Sports Instructor in the Pikes Peak region where he supervised children aged 8-12 during full day summer sports camps. He served as a staff coach for the Fami Soccer Academy in 2016 and assisted in running training sessions for players ages 5-18. Brewer also gained experience as staff coach in 2015 working for the Albuquerque United Football Club where he organized and ran training sessions for players ages 7-8.
Prior to joining ENMU, Brewer was a four year lettermen in soccer at Cleveland High School from 2011-2014. He was a varsity captain and led his team to first ever appearance in New Mexico State Tournament in 2014. Brewer was a two-time All-District selection in 2013 and 2014. He also earned Academic All-District accolades in 2011 and 2014. He played eights years of club soccer in Albuquerque, N.M.