WESTMINSTER, Md. – When the 2013 softball season rolls around, Phil Smith will be entering his ninth season at the helm of the program. However, McDaniel College Director of Athletics Paul Moyer announced recently that Smith would be doing so as a full-time department employee for the first time.
As of July 1, Smith adds the title of Director of Athletics Facilities in addition to his position as head softball coach. Smith has compiled 143 victories over his first eight seasons at the helm, including a Centennial Conference (CC) championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2012.
"Phil has always taken pride in having a first-class softball facility and when we had the opportunity to add these duties to make another one of head coaches full-time, it was clear he was the person we wanted in that position," Moyer stated. "That passion he's taken with his own field will now be extended to the entire department and really help us in our goal to offer all of our student-athletes a first-class experience."
In addition to his oversight of the softball program, Smith will also serve as the department's liaison to the College's physical plant and oversee the equipment room.
After making two CC tournament appearances in his first seven years at the helm, Smith made a return trip in 2012 after garnering the conference regular-season title.
Riding the right arm of CC Pitcher of the Year Caroline Brehm, Smith's Green Terror squad entered the NCAA tournament as the eighth seed in the Newport News Regional and made a magical run through the bracket. After dropping its first game to top-ranked Emory, McDaniel recorded a 10th-inning walkoff win over Messiah, a 14-inning marathon victory over Ferrum and a two-out, two-strike, bottom-of-the-seventh walkoff grand slam over Salisbury before falling to host and second-seeded Christopher Newport. The win over Salisbury matched the program's best season even with the 30th win of the campaign.
Prior to his arrival at McDaniel, Smith coached softball in various capacities since 1998, including coaching at South Western High School in Hanover from 2000-03. Smith has been involved in the Junior Olympic-Amateur Softball Association (ASA) travel softball programs in York County, Pa. He also coached the 23-and-under York County College All-Star team, which played against competition that included the Greek Olympic Team.
The 1986 graduate of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., was an all-conference baseball player and played a season in the minor leagues.
A graduate of Westminster High School, he was an all-area football player and selected to the first Maryland Crown all-state baseball team in 1982.
Smith boasts an ASA certification as coach and instructor, and is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), where he serves on the Camp & Clinic committee. Over the past several years, he has conducted and instructed at several clinics and camps throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, including the Green Terror Softball summer camps and fall/winter clinics.