Heidi (Dumpprope) Smith, the head volleyball coach at the St Cloud Technical and Community College since 2011, started her volleyball career at Staples-Motley High School (MN) where she was a defensive specialist and setter on the varsity team for 3 years, earning All-Conference honors and also played softball. She graduated in 2000 and attended North Dakota State College of Science, where she played defensive specialist and coached for the Moorhead Juniors volleyball club. During her sophomore season at NDSCS her team competed at the NJCAA National Tournament and the Wildcats placed 2nd in the Nation. Heidi moved onto to finish her Bachelor’s Degree at St Cloud State University and coached volleyball for the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District.
Heidi returned to St Cloud State University for her Master’s Degree in Sports Management while assistant coaching for the College of Saint Benedict Volleyball team. During Heidi’s two seasons with the Blazers, they competed in the National Tournament; in 2008, the team made an appearance in the Elite Eight. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Coach Smith was the head volleyball coach at Northland College in Ashland, WI. During her first season at Northland, the volleyball team placed 3rd in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, the best finish for Northland College Volleyball in conference history.
Under Coach Smith, the Cyclones have earned 7 trips to the Region Tournament and a National Tournament appearance in 2017, where they placed 5th in the Nation and also showcased a 3.7 Team GPA. The Cyclones have produced numerous All-Conference and All-Region Players and 2 All-Americans.
Coach Smith's coaching philosophy revolves around teaching her athletes that their #1 job is to be a great teammate, regardless of role, position or playing time. https://www.sctcc.edu/news/08-05-2019/coaching-athletes-be-great-teammates
Heidi has also coached club volleyball, private lessons, summer camps and clinics. Heidi and her husband Jeff, and daughter Elizabelle, reside in Sartell.