WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Former UNCW men's soccer standout Indy Smith has been invited to participate at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on January 7-11.
The five-day event will allow the league's 18 coaches to preview and evaluate talented soccer players from all over the United States prior to the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13 in Baltimore.
Smith is the first Seahawk to earn an invitation to the combine.
"This is our first invitee and it couldn't happen to a more deserving player and a fine young man," said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney, who also played in the MLS with the New England Revolution. "We're trying to produce good players and have more talented players continue their studies at UNCW and play in the program. This is a testament to what we're trying to accomplish."
A defender from Asheville, N.C., Smith concluded his career as one of the most decorated players to play for the Seahawks. He was a three-time first-team Colonial Athletic Association selection and was named the league's Defender-of-the-Year as a sophomore.
"I feel fortunate to this opportunity and looking forward to making the most of it," said Smith. "I've had a great experience at UNCW and learned a lot from my coaches, Aidan Heaney, Steve Magee and Kenny Bundy. I couldn't have done it without incredible teammates and the support of the department and university."
As a junior, Smith helped the Seahawks to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance where they advanced to the second round after topping Charlotte in penalty kicks but dropped a 2-1 decision to eventual College Cup participant Wake Forest.
During his four seasons at UNCW, the Seahawks compiled a 1.10 goals against average and finished ranked in the top 10 nationally in both his junior and season seasons. UNCW also posted 30 shutouts during that span.
Smith also proved to be one of UNCW's most durable players, starting 77 of UNCW's 78 games during his career. He played in 89.4 percent of the minutes (7,123 career minutes). He missed just 11 minutes as a sophomore and two as a junior. Smith played all 1,732 minutes his senior year.