Christopher Smith succeeded Paul Bourcq as head coach in 2015, after a third consecutive gold medal win for Team USA Youth at the 2015 World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in Vail, Colorado. Chris joined Team USA Youth as an assistant coach in June of 2012. In 2014 he succeeded Rich Reedinger and served in a dual role as both coach and Team Manager.
A competitive angler and fly caster at the adult level, Chris is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA . Chris also “moonlights” as a seasoned tournament organizer, having served on coordinating committees for the US National Fly Fishing Championships, the US Youth National Championships and multiple Team USA regional qualifiers.
Coupled with prior experience as a classroom teacher and athletics coach, Christopher brings an educator’s perspective to the sport of competitive fly fishing.
Effective December 31, 2016, the USYFFT, Inc., received and accepted the resignation of Christopher Smith from the Head Coach position. The Youth Team has been fortunate to have had Christopher Smith as Head Coach. In 2011, Christopher began working as an assistant coach for Team USA Youth. That year the team won the first team gold medal in international competition in Italy. In 2014 the team won gold in Poland and, in late 2015 at the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in Colorado, the Team won its third consecutive gold medal, as well as gold and silver individual medals. Christopher became the Head Coach of Team USA Youth, and continued the medal wins with a silver team medal in Spain in 2016.
John Ford, President, USYFFT, Inc., with concurrence from Walter Ungerman, Chairman of the Board, USYFFT, Inc., has approved Kalvin Kaloz to succeed Christopher Smith as Head Coach and Ken Crane to assume the duties of Team Manager.
Team USA Youth wishes continued success to Christopher as he moves on to his new challenges and welcomes Kalvin Kaloz and Ken Crane as they assume their new duties.