HEAD COACH – ZELDA SMITH – was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and the University of North Texas where she enjoyed a career as a nationally ranked middle blocker and two-year letter winner for the Lady Eagles. Coach Smith began her career at Collin County Community College where she coached for 16 years. In 1997, Smith led the Express volleyball team to the NJCAA Division I national tournament and was named NJCAA District III Coach of the Year. Coach Smith joined Richland College as a visiting scholar in June of 2003 and completed her master’s degree from Texas A&M University - Commerce in Health, Kinesiology and Sport Studies in 2005. Smith is the coordinator for the PHED/KINE department at Richland and teaches in the Physical Education department. Smith holds a aerobic and weight training certifications from Cooper Clinic and is CAP I & IMPACT certified. Smith was honored by KRLD news radio as “Black History Legend” for community services for youth in Dallas area. She is a veteran of several instructional camps, clinics and training sessions for youth while working with various clubs in the North Texas Region. Coach Smith is single and enjoys playing volleyball, tennis and playing the piano.