Dr. Nathalie J. Smith served as head coach of the Field Hockey, Volleyball and Women’s Lacrosse programs and was chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, as well as an associate professor of physical education. Nathalie was the first coach of the Volleyball club team, which she developed into a varsity program in 1974 and coached for three years. In 1975 she started the Women’s Lacrosse club, which became a varsity sport in 1976, and coached for five years. Nathalie coached the Field Hockey team from 1965 through 1970 and then again in 1973.
Nathalie, who graduated from Tufts University in 1962 with a degree in physical education, came to Hofstra in 1965 as an instructor in the Physical Education Department and earned her master’s in counselor education from the University in 1968. She left in 1971 to become a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California while she pursued her Ph.D. in physical education/motor learning, which she received in 1975. Returning to Hofstra in 1973 as an assistant professor, she became associate professor in 1980 until retiring in 2000.
Nathalie also enjoyed a storied playing career as a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse team, taking part in tours of Great Britain, Ireland and Australia. She was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1986 and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997. Also involved in the administrative end of sports, Nathalie has served on the US Lacrosse Rules Committee for the past 25 years and is a rated official in lacrosse, volleyball and field hockey.
Nathalie has won numerous awards, including the 2001 National Association for Girls & Women in Sports New York State Pathfinder Award and the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials New York State Lacrosse Official of the Year Award in 1996.