Bobbie Smith enters her second season as an assistant coach on the Mesa in the fall of 2017.
In college, Smith competed for four years on the UCLA rowing team where earned a bronze medal in the lightweight four event at the 1997 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and an all-Pac-10 Conference Honors in 1999.
After graduating UCLA in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering, Smith trained at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center group, as well as the Long Beach Rowing Association and the Southern California Scullers Club. She also competed in National Selection Regattas, Speed Order Trials, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and other major races.
Smith began her coaching career in 2003 with the junior program at the California Yacht Club where she both coached and took care of administrative duties.
Most recently, Smith completed a four-year stint as a coach for the junior program at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Rey, Calif. There, she was the lead coach for the lightweight and sculling crews. Under her leadership, the lightweight eight grabbed first place at the Referee Cup at the 2016 San Diego Crew Classic. She also guided the team to a runner-up finish at the US Rowing Southwest Junior Championship and a seventh-place standing at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. She also assisted head coach Zohar Abramovitz and ran summer camps while recruiting athletes into the main program.
Smith will be involved in all components of SDSU's rowing program on and off the water.