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Mimi Smith


Mimi Smith is a native of Virginia Beach, VA and started playing field hockey when she was 11 years old quite by accident.  She attended a summer field hockey practice with a friend and there were not enough people to practice.  The coach asked Mimi if she would like to play. She asked, “Do you like to score or do you want to keep people from scoring”.  Mimi smiled and said she wanted to score.  All lined up from right to left, Mimi went to the left wing line because there was no one else in that line and she figured she would get to play more.  The rest is history.

In high school Mimi was coached by her mentor and now very dear friend Yogi Hightower-Boothe. Like Yogi, Mimi went on to play for the Old Dominion Monarchs where she had a stellar career.  In 1998, Mimi led Old Dominion to a National Championship and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Tournament team and was CAA Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a 1999 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first-team selection and received the Honda-Broderick Award for field hockey; the nation’s most prestigious award given to the top field hockey player in the country.  Mimi was just the second African-American to win the award with her high school coach, Yogi as her predecessor.  Mimi was a four-time (1995-98) All-CAA conference first-team selection, two-time CAA Scholar-Athlete (1998, 1997), two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-Tournament team selection (1998, 1997) and a two-time NFHCA All-South Region first- team selection (1998, 1997). In 1995, Mimi was named the CAA Rookie of the Year.

Mimi played on the USA National Field Hockey Team from 1999 to 2004.  Smith’s 2002 season involved scoring the tying goal in the championship game of the International Atlantic Cup to give the United States an eventual  3-2 extra time victory over Ireland. She also played for the U.S. World Cup Team and scored a penalty stroke to help the United States defeat Japan in the ninth/10th place game, 4-2, in strokes at the World Cup. On October 14, 2001 Mimi scored her first career international goal in a game against South Africa. In 1999, she won a silver medal at the Pan American Games. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the 4 Nations Tournament in Canada in June of 1999.

Mimi was recently named to the 25th CAA Anniversary Team and was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame on April 23, 2008.

Mimi completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Mimi now lives in Columbia, MD where she is still active in field hockey as a club coach, umpire, and player. She has two dogs, Piglet and Porkchop….that she loves very much.