Tara Smyth (2005)
2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Tara, a New Jersey native, was a three-sport athlete who excelled in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She is one of the best female athletes to ever where the blue and gold uniform at Landmark School. As a junior and a starter on the varsity soccer team, Tara was awarded the team’s Most Valuable Player and earned recognition beyond Landmark when she was named to the Independent Girls Conferernce (IGC) All Star team. Her talents on the soccer field were nearly paralleled by her successes on the lacrosse field, where Tara also earned the team’s MVP award and was an all-star selection for the league.
During her senior year, Tara picked up right where she left off, and added more hardware to the trophy case. On the soccer pitch, she was not only team MVP and All IGC, but she added to her athletic resume when she was named to the All-New England Soccer Team and given the award as the IGC Player of the Year.
At Home on the Hardwood
However, it was on the hardwood where Tara made the most noise. Landmark has had many all-league and all-star members for many sports. But Tara’s impact on the girls varsity basketball team was simply immeasurable. As a junior she was the MVP for the lady Vikings, named to the All Independent Girl’s Conference team, and placed on the 2003-2004 All-New England Girl’s Basketball Team. As a senior, not only was she once again Landmark’s MVP, an IGC all star, and All-New England, but for the first time in school history she was also named the Independent Girls Conference Basketball Player of the Year.
Upon graduating from Landmark, Tara enrolled at Springfield College where she continued her basketball career and, as a starter, helped take the team to the NCAA tournament.
Former Landmark Basketball Coach and current Landmark Elementary School teacher Kim Davis said this of Tara:
“Tara was the type of athlete a coach dreams of having as the central orbiting force to build a team around. She had a phenomenal work ethic, was never complacent, and worked hard to improve each day. Her stats tell the story to an extent, but her natural ability combined with a love basketball and a drive to improve each day made her a dominating force on the court. She was a coachable athlete and often an extension of the coaching staff on the court. Tara could take over a game if she wanted to, and often did. Quite simply, she was the best.”
It’s also important to recognize Tara for who she was as a person on campus, the Landmark student, because she was an unmistakable positive presence. Tara is described by her former teachers as a fiery leader in and out of the classroom with the motivation and eagerness to learn that was apparent on day one.