The honoree receiving the Jerry Yeagley is William Smith

By Sean McCaffery, December 13, 2018

Jerry Yeagley had been a top college coach at Indiana University for many deccades, now his son is in that position, the winner is gettting a massive accolade. I first met Coach Yeagley in the 80' and have come to know him more recently, the description of the award does not even scratch the surface of the man whose moniker it bears. The Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Service, presented annually to a former collegiate soccer student-athlete who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments beyond soccer itself. The college coach for WIlliam & Mary stated, " From the time Will enrolled at William & Mary, we knew he was going to be a special person someday." High praise from USC Past President, Al Albert the one who nominated him for this award. A standout at the school, from 2010-'13, helping the Tribe to the conference title his first year, then a 3 year All-Colonial Athletic Assoc. honoree, Defender of the Year in '13 as he also garnered USC 1st team All-Region honors and 2x team MVP. Academically,he met with similar successes, Freshman Academic Achivement Award Winner, 2x CoSIDA Academic All-District awards. Thrice he received the William & Mary Alumni Award for the highest GPA team wide and graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in governtment and French. From Santa Clara he then received his degree in social entrepreneurship and then an MSc in African studies from Oxford. Smith is a 2019 Cordes Fellow and one of 40 global leaders on the Barca Foundation and UNICEF's Working Group on Sport for Development. Current  William & Mary HC, Chris Norris added, "We are extremley proud of Will." 2018 was a banner year as he joined many leaders in Africa to establish LEAD Africa, a group of forward thinking academies established and driven by local champions. Each of these academies follow the lead of LEAD's flagship, Monrovia Football in Liberia, founded by Smith and ex Liberian national team member, Sekou Dgerges Manubah in 2015. He has also " consulted for sport for social change groups in the Ivory Coast, Rwanda, UK & Zimbabwe. He has advocated for radical rethinking of international development, with a focus on increased investment in locally-driven, evidence based solutions." This award will be presented during the USC convention.