|Title:||Assistant Baseball Coach|
|Year:||Second Year at Santa Clara; Seventh year as an Assistant Coach|
|College:||University of Notre Dame '06|
Eddie Smith enters his second season as an assistant coach with Santa Clara. A former player at Notre Dame and assistant coach at the University of Virginia, Smith leads the day-to-day development of position players and plays a large role in the recruiting efforts for the program.
In Smith’s first season on the Mission campus, the Broncos won 26games - nine more than in 2011 The Bronco offense exploded to lead the conference in stolen bases and finished second in home runs, slugging more than twice as many home runs as the year before. Santa Clara also won 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 at the
University of Virginia. In three years as an assistant coach
he was part of the greatest era in the history of Virginia
The Cavaliers reached the College World Series in both 2009 and '11, captured ACC Championships in all three seasons and averaged 52 wins per season - more than any other program in the country in that time. In addition, the Cavaliers took the field ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in 45 percent of the games they played while Smith was an assistant coach.
Smith also served as the Director of Baseball Operations for Virginia for two seasons before being promoted to being an assistant coach. In five years at Virginia, the Cavaliers reached the NCAA tournament each season and had 34 players selected in the Major League Draft - 17 in the top 10 rounds and two first round picks.
Smith's career in baseball is highlighted by winning at every level. A native of Olympia, Wash., where he helped North Thurston High School to a state championship and 24-0 record in 2002.
Following high school, he attended Centralia Community College in Centralia, Wash., where he helped the Blazers set a school record in wins in 2004 as he led the team in hitting and was named an all-league player. In 2012 he was inducted into the Centralia College Hall of Fame.
Smith concluded his playing career as an infielder at the
University of Notre Dame where the Irish won two BIG EAST
championships and appeared in two NCAA Regionals in his two
In 2006 Smith graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish.
He also served as the head coach for the North Thurston High
School Legion team in 2004 and the assistant camp director at the
University of Notre Dame in 2006.