Aaron Smith joined the Virginia volleyball program in April 2012 and works primarily with the Cavalier middle blockers and right-side hitters. Smith was honored with the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award in 2013 as one of the country's up-and-coming coaching talents under the age of 30.
Smith, who played for head coach Dennis Hohenshelt on the Penn State men's team from 2004-06, was an assistant coach at Northwestern for three seasons from 2009-11. He also served as the Wildcats' video coordinator and worked with camps, clinics and recruiting.
The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in 2010, only the second time in school history, and had their best start in 14 years in 2011, winning five straight matches to open the season.
Smith, a native of Richmond, Va., who played for the Richmond Volleyball Club, also served as the Director of Coaches of the Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club and as a coach of the WJVC's 15 Elite team that earned 13th place at the 2011 AAU National Championships.
Prior to his stint at Northwestern, Smith served as an assistant at Wake Forest, where the Demon Deacons went 19-13 in 2008.
Smith played one year of professional volleyball in Tarragona, Spain, competing for Club Tarragona St. Pere y St. Pau in Spain's 1st Division. He started at outside hitter, helping lead the team to maintain its 1st Division status after posting a winning season in 2007-08.
At Penn State, Smith served as team captain in 2007. He currently ranks 14th all-time in Nittany Lion single-season history in both digs (499) and aces (58) while also registering 166 kills as a senior.
Smith, a former Virginia High School Player of the Year at Monacan, graduated with a bachelor's degree in landscape contracting management from Penn State in 2007. He married the former Natalie Mullikin in May of 2011.