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NOTE: This is the first in a series of biographies about inductees to the 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 26 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.

Craig Smith was one of many who helped start soccer in North Kitsap. He assisted the first Under 19 Boys soccer team for NK Soccer Club in 1977. Smith went to the North Kitsap School District board meetings for three years to establish the first soccer program for North Kitsap High in 1981. He coached the girls team for three years and the boys for 14 years, with one losing season during that time.

Craig Smith currently coaches boys and girls soccer at Kingston High School.  (Courtesy photo)
Craig Smith currently coaches boys and girls soccer at Kingston High School. (Courtesy photo)

Smith helped establish the Jefferson County Youth Soccer Club, FC Kitsap — the first select soccer program in Kitsap County — and coached at Chimacum High School five years and Port Townsend High School for two years. Smith also ran the North Kitsap mens soccer team for many years, managing and playing into his 50’s. When Kingston High School opened, Smith returned to coaching both the boys and girls programs the last 12 years. The girls made the playoffs six times and the boys for all 11 seasons. Smith and the Buccaneers won the Olympic League seven out of 11 seasons and qualified for the state playoffs five times, three times to the quarterfinals.  

Craig Smith is the son of John K. Smith, a former sports writer for the Kitsap Sun during the late 1950’s-early 1960’s, and one of the founders of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association in 1965.

Brother of Tony Smith, a 4-year letterman and starter for the University of Washington soccer team, Tony was an assistant coach for Craig Smith off and on much of his career. Smith called his brother the “best trainer he knows.

“He made any team he’s played for on this side of the sound the best, including our North Kitsap men’s team, The Chuggers. The Chuggers went to the finals over 50 national championships a couple of times, and won an over 55 national championship,” Smith said.

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