Khano Smith '02 has been named to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference All Time Team, announced in conjunction with the 2006 CVAC Men's Soccer Championships. Beginning in 2007-08, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference will become Conference Carolinas, and to help commemorate the new era for the conference, All-Time Teams will be selected for each of the conference's 14 championship sports.
"Conference Members are excited to honor the best athletes of an era when competition was intense," stated Commissioner Alan Patterson. Certainly the level of competition will only increase in the Conference Carolinas. The singe change is that the name better reflects the location of members based in a geographical area that is highly regarded throughout the country."
The Men's Soccer All Time All CVAC team was comprised from nominees from current member schools Anderson University, Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews Presbyterian College and former members High Point University and Longwood University.
Khano Smith played just two years at Lees-McRae College, making his mark on the program in a short time. After transferring from Champlain College, Smith was named to the All CVAC, All Region, and All American First Teams both seasons, winning CVAC Player of the Year in 2002. Smith also led his team to a CVAC Championship in 2002, and was named to the All Tournament Team. He averaged 2.75 points per game during his collegiate career at Lees-McRae, and is still the program's most decorated player. After winning All Conference, All Region, and All American honors as a collegian, Khano took his game to the professional and international levels. After competing professionally in the USL for Carolina Dynamo, Smith returned home to his native Bermuda to play for Dandy Town Hornets. Smith led the Hornets to both the league and cup championships and was offered a tryout with the Bermuda National Team. While playing for the National Team, Smith was spotted by the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Offered a contract in 2005, Smith continues to play in the MLS, for the Revolution, the only Bobcat alumni to play in the MLS.
"Khano's selection was a no brainer," commented Bobcats Head Coach Chris Whalley. "He is a class act, a team player, and an excellent role model, not only for our guys, but any player in our conference. Through hard work and determination, he has taken his game to the highest level with Major League Soccer. We're grateful for what he did for our program during his time as a Bobcat and proud of what he has accomplished after his collegiate career. We wish him well in his pursuit of an MLS Championship."
Smith and his teammates recently defeated the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference semi finals, and will now face off against perennial powerhouse DC United in the Eastern Conference Championship of the MLS Cup playoffs.
Student-athletes were nominated by and voted on by CVAC institutions. Only those student athletes who competed or have competed in the CVAC for a minimum of two seasons are eligible for inclusion. Active student-athletes who meet the criteria were also eligible.
Men's Soccer All-Time CVAC Team
Todd Bailess (Barton)
Tatum Borque (Belmont Abbey)
Khano Smith (Lees-McRae)
Andy Plum (Longwood)
Bill Kennedy (Queens)
Brian Flebbe (Queens)
David Johnson (Queens)
Demetrius Donald (Queens)
Kevin Yearick (Queens)
Oliver Carias (Queens)