Larry Smoot

Larry  Smoot

Last College:
Long Beach State

Assistant Coach

20th Season


Larry Smoot is in his 20th year as the top assistant volleyball coach at Loyola Marymount University. Smoot is involved in all facets of the volleyball program, including input on daily practices and matches, as well as handling a portion of the recruiting responsibilities. He also serves as the camp coordinator for the LMU Girls' Volleyball Summer Camp.

In his 19 seasons with the Lions, Smoot has helped LMU to 11 postseason appearances and three West Coast Conference Championships.

Larry Smoot began his coaching career at Torrance High School with the boys' volleyball program in 1980. He added the girls' team to his coaching duties in 1984 and led them to national rankings in 1986 (No. 12) and 1987 (No. 10). His girls' program captured the Bay League Championship from 1985 through 1987.

Smoot is currently the Head Coach and Owner of the South Bay Girls' Volleyball Club and has served as Head Coach for the Torrance Volleyball Club (boys). His South Bay 18-and-under club team has advanced to the Kaepa Festival Tournament Final Four in four of the last 10 years and won the championship in 1993. During the summer of 2006, Smoot coached the South Bay 18-1s to a bronze medal at the American Division Junior National Championships in Atlanta, Ga.

He previously led the Torrance club to a second place finish at the USVB Junior Olympics in 1983. Smoot was honored in 1996 with the Distinguished Service Award for Junior Volleyball by the Kaepa Volleyball Festival.

A 1978 graduate of Torrance High School, Smoot was an All-Conference volleyball player at El Camino Junior College before playing one season at Long Beach State in 1982. Smoot still competes in men's and co-ed division tournaments. He is a former USVBA All-American in the co-ed division and has won the USVBA co-ed division open championships as a player-coach in 1987 and 1990.


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