For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013
Notre Dame assistant baseball coach Eddie Smith has been hired as the new head coach at Lower Columbia College. Smith is a veteran NCAA Division I assistant who spent one year at Notre Dame after coaching at both Santa Clara University and the University of Virginia.
Smith's collegiate playing career opened at Centralia College where he helped the Blazers set a school record for wins in 2004. He led the team in hitting and was named all-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Smith then earned a spot as a walk-on infielder at Notre Dame in 2005. He helped the Irish win a pair of Big East championships and earned two berths to the NCAA regionals. Smith graduated with a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 2006.
“Eddie was one of the finalists for the job last year”, said LCC athletic director Kirc Roland.
“He impressed the search committee with his knowledge and enthusiasm. We are happy that he was still interested in becoming the head coach of the Red Devils."
Eddie is a Northwest guy who has been successful at the Division I level after a playing career in the NWAACC. He understands the LCC tradition and expectations and is ready to take on the challenge.”
Smith, 29, takes over for Donegal Fergus who recently took the University of Washington assistants job after one season as the Red Devil head coach.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Lower Columbia College and the baseball program”, said Smith. “The Red Devils have the best college baseball tradition in Washington and it’s an honor to lead such a prestigious program.”
Prior to coaching at his alma mater Notre Dame, Smith spent one year at Santa Clara, where the Broncos won 26 games - nine more than 2011. Smith led the day-to-day development of position players and played a large role in the recruiting efforts for the program. In Smith's only season at Santa Clara, the Bronco offense led the conference in stolen bases and finished second in home runs, hitting more than twice as many round trippers than 2010. Santa Clara also captured the conference title for fielding percentage and Bronco infielders committed just 27 errors the entire season.
Smith arrived at Santa Clara after spending five seasons (2007-11) in two different roles at Virginia. He served as the Cavaliers' director of operations in 2007 and 2008 before moving into an assistant coach role in 2009. Smith was part of the greatest era in the history of the program. Virginia reached the College World Series in both 2009 and 2011, captured ACC Championships in all three seasons and averaged 52 wins per year - more than any other program in the country over that time span. In addition, the Cavaliers took the field as the No. 1 team in the country in 45 percent of their games during his tenure. In his tenure at Virginia, the Cavaliers reached the NCAA regionals every year and had 34 players selected in the MLB - 17 in the top 10 rounds and a pair of first round picks.
Smith served as the head coach for the North Thurston High School Legion team in 2004 and was an assistant camp director at Notre Dame in 2006.
Smith will also serve in the LCC Student Services division as Retention Specialist.
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