Feb 15, 2024 - News

ğŸŽ¤ 1-on-1 with head coach Dean Smith

Charlotte FC head coach Dean Smith.

"The No. 1 thing that I aim to build for any institution I work at is the culture," Dean Smith (center) tells Axios. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte FC

Charlotte FC hired Dean Smith as the club's third head coach in December. I recently spoke with the 52-year-old Englishman, who will coach in the U.S. for the first time after decades of playing and coaching in England.

What he's saying: "We will become a much harder team to beat," Smith tells me.

Here are a few things to know about Smith:

🐶 His dog's name is Charlie.

  • "Every coach needs a dog," Smith told me on an early-morning phone call from California where Charlotte FC is training for part of the preseason.

☕️ Mornings start with coffee and a walk.

  • Smith may be English, but you'll find him drinking a few cups of coffee in the morning before switching to tea in the afternoon.

⛳️ He's an avid golfer.

  • Smith likes to hit the golf course a couple of times a week when he can. Thankfully, we have a guide for that.

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