Dr. Smoll’s professional honors include election to fellow status in the following organizations: American Psychological Association, American Academy of Kinesiology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). In 2002, he was the recipient of AASP’s Distinguished Professional Practice Award, which was bestowed for “demonstrating exceptional quality and innovation in delivering sport psychology services to the public.” Dr. Smoll was also named a Sports Ethics Fellow for 2008 by the Institute for International Sports, which honored him as a “pioneer in researching ways to improve youth sports.”
With respect to professional services, Dr. Smoll has been an officer for several associations, and he has organized and participated in many sport psychology symposia. He is an AASP Certified Consultant and has been actively involved with local and national youth sport organizations.
In collaboration with Ronald Smith, Professor Smoll was the recipient of research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the William T. Grant Foundation. A major goal was to develop, test, and disseminate an educational program for youth sport coaches. This program, which is known as the Mastery Approach to Coaching, is the only scientifically validated coaching-education workshop that has been shown to have desirable effects on youngsters’ personal, social, and athletic development. The research was honored as one of the top 100 science-technology contributions in the history of the University of Washington. More than 26,000 coaches have participated in some 500 workshops in the United States and Canada. Workshops have been presented to volunteer coaches in a variety of sport-specific organizations (e.g., Little League Baseball, Washington Youth Soccer, Minnesota Hockey) and multi-sport organizations (e.g., Catholic Youth Organization, Boys and Girls Clubs, community recreation departments). The program has also been offered as in-service training for PE teachers and coaches in public school districts.