PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College announced Tuesday (July 9) the hiring of Stephanie Smith as head softball coach. She becomes the 14th head coach in the program's history.
Smith comes to Lake Erie after serving as the assistant coach at her alma mater, Thiel College, for the past three seasons. With the Tomcats, she coached eight players who earned all-conference honors and helped guide the team to second-place finishes in both the regular season and conference tournament in 2012.
While at Thiel, she took an active role in recruiting, fundraising, game day operations and field maintenance as well as monitoring the academic progress of the softball team. During her time as an assistant, 23 Tomcats earned NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete Awards, including a dozen in 2011 when Thiel ranked seven nationally in academic performance by the NFCA. Multiple players also received mention on the President's Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll and two players were named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® team.
A four-year letter-winner as an undergraduate, Smith was a two-time All-PAC selection and also a two-time PAC Hitter of the Week during her career. She ranks among the school's career leaders in several categories, including hits, at-bats, runs, doubles and runs batted in.
"I am very grateful and excited to being joining the athletics staff at Lake Erie College as the head softball coach," Smith said. "I am bringing a great skill set with me to continue to develop this team and program. We are going to work hard in everything that we do, and we will be ready and prepared to compete in the GLIAC this coming spring."
Smith earned her bachelor's degree from Thiel in elementary education. She recently completed coursework for her Master of Science in Higher Education degree from Youngstown State University.