Christopher Smith succeeded Paul Bourcq as Head coach in late 2015, after the third consecutive gold medal win for Team USA Youth at the 2015 World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, held in Vail, Colorado. Chris Smith joined Team USA Youth as an assistant coach in June of 2012. In 2014 he succeeded Rich Reedinger as Team Manager and served in a dual role as both coach and manager. A competitive angler and fly caster at the adult level, Chris has a long history of competition success, including multiple appearances at the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships. Coupled with prior experience as a classroom teacher and athletics coach, Chris brings an educator’s perspective to the sport of competitive fly fishing.
When he isn’t competing or casting, Chris “moonlights” as a seasoned tournament organizer, having served on coordinating committees for US National Fly Fishing Championships, the US Youth National Championships and multiple Team USA regional qualifiers. He is also a member of the Thinkfish Network, a collection of respected international fly anglers chosen by Thinkfish Ltd. to test and represent their products and services.
A member of Team North Carolina and Team USA Youth, Chris’s mission is to contribute to the growth of competitive angling while pursuing the dream of fishing for Team USA. He currently resides in Fort Mill, SC with his wife and two children.