Associate head coach Mark Smith provides the Jets with over twenty years' experience in men's volleyball.
Smith is a former assistant coach over six seasons with the men's volleyball teams at UC San Diego, Palomar College, and San Diego City College, arming him with important experience at the NCAA and community college levels. Smith has logged substantial time at the club level, as the founder & director of the original Shorebreak VBC, where one of his squads captured a Club division silver medal at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic championships, and as a member of the coaching staff of Seaside VBC (San Diego's most successful boys volleyball club), where he helped teams to two gold, one silver, and one bronze JO's medals. He has been a clinician at Pepperdine and Stanford Universities, as well as for Seaside VBC. Smith has also been a successful high school coach, with 12 seasons' experience leading boys volleyball programs at Monte Vista, Serra, Santa Fe Christian, and San Diegueto Academy to multiple league titles and CIF playoff appearances, and a CIF Finals appearance as an asst. coach with University of San Diego HS in 1994. Among the student-athletes Smith has tutored are a trio of 2008 USA Olympic gold medalists: Reid Priddy, David Lee, and Rich Lambourne. He is also active in USA Volleyball's High Performance program.
Also an adjunct professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Health & Nutrition at Miramar, Smith holds a M.A. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University, and a B.A. in Humanities from San Diego Christian College. He and his wife Lisa reside in Vista, CA.