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Megan Smith

Megan  Smith

Head Coach

A former University of North Carolina assistant coach, Megan Smith took over the reins on July 27, 2004 as WCU's first softball coach since 1985 when the then slow-pitch Catamount softball program was dropped.

Most recently at UNC, Smith has served as an assistant coach where she helped head coach Donna Papa with recruiting, fundraising efforts, overseeing the academic progress of the student-athletes, practice planning and game management. There, she worked primarily with the infield and hitters and served as the first base coach. During the 2003-04 season, she helped guide the Tar Heels to a 46-24 overall record, a second place regular-season finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference and an NCAA regional bid. Smith was additionally the Carolina Softball Camps, Inc. director, organizing and implementing the marketing strategy for the program, developing the camp schedule, recruiting instructors and coordinating housing, meals and transportation for the campers.

Prior to her stint at North Carolina, Smith was an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte. While at Charlotte, she worked with the team's infielders, pitchers and served as the hitting coach. She organized all recruiting efforts, including evaluations, contacts, official and unofficial visits as well as assisted head coach Aimee DeVos in all aspects of running the program.

Before taking the position at Charlotte, Smith held the title of head softball coach at Young Harris College in Georgia for two seasons where her teams compiled a 79-41 record. As the head coach, she was responsible for all aspects of the NJCAA Division I program. Without an assistant coach, she planned every practice and strength and conditioning session, organized all team travel, developed and maintained the budget, organized recruiting efforts, planned and supervised weekly study hall sessions, oversaw the team's academic progress and developed fund raising opportunities.

At Young Harris, Smith collected two regional runner-up titles and was one game away from the National Tournament in 2001. During that two year span, nearly every school record was broken, including wins in a season (45), team home runs, individual home runs, team strikeouts, team ERA, season team batting average, team slugging percentage and team fielding percentage. In 2002, her players were nationally ranked for stolen bases, strikeouts and home runs. The squad was also ranked 11th nationally for team batting average (.361). Eight of her players were named to the all-region team.

As a four-year softball player at the University of North Carolina, Smith earned her bachelor of arts degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Recreation Administration. During her career, she primarily played third base and served as a captain during her senior season. While at Carolina, she broke the school record for RBI in a game, became the third ranked player in career assists and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. Smith also received many academic honors at UNC, including being named to the All-ACC Honor Roll for three years and to the Dean's List for two semesters. She received her master of science degree in Human Performance and Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee in 2000.

Western Carolina sponsored a slow-pitch softball program from 1978-1985. WCU was an AIAW Division II school for four of those years and transitioned to an NCAA Division I school during the 1981-82 school year. Betty Peele commissioned the Catamount softball squad all eight years and compiled a record of 190-103 for a .648 winning percentage during that span. Also during the eight-year span, WCU played in three regional tournaments and three AIAW National Tournaments, finishing fifth in both national tournament appearances. The Cats additionally won two North Carolina State Invitational Championships in 1982 and '84.