Mississippi Valley State University

July 31, 2014

Coaches

Picture of Head Women's Softball Coach Lee  Smith
Head Women's Softball Coach Lee Smith
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Biography

Smith has been the driving force behind the resurgence of MVSU Devilette Softball. Since taking over the reins in 2002, the Devilettes have become one of the top teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and has been recognized as one of the better teams in the region.
After a sub-par campaign in 2002, Smith rejuvenated the program as he and the Devilettes compiled a 25-23 record. Over the course of the next six seasons (2004-2009), Smith has guided the Devilettes to at least 23 wins per season and six consecutive SWAC championships.

In fact, in back to back seasons of 2004 and 2005, he led the program to 34 wins in both campaigns. During the 2009 campaign, he coached MVSU to 37 wins - the most in the program’s history.

In 2004, he led the Devilettes to two wins in the NCAA Regionals, a first for the program. In fact, since 2004, he and the Devilettes have participated in six consecutive NCAA Regionals.
Here is a list of some of the accolades the program has achieved over his tenure:

2002 (2-33)
- 1st season as head coach at MVSU

2003 (25-23)
- 14-game regular season win streak
- Smith named 2003 SWAC Coach of the Year
- 1 player named SWAC Most Valuable Player
- 1 player named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 2 players named to All-SWAC Second Team

2004 (34-17)
- Won 2004 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2004 NCAA Regionals (Los Angeles)
- 1st HBCU softball program to win a game at NCAA Tourney
- 1st HBCU program to win multiple games at an NCAA Tourney
- Smith named 2004 SWAC Coach of the Year
- Player named to 2004 NCAA Region 8 All-Tournament Team
- Player named SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
- 4 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 7 players named to All-SWAC Second Team

2005 (34-31)
- Won 2005 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2005 NCAA Regionals (Tuscaloosa)
- Smith named 2005 SWAC Coach of the Year
- Player named SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
- 4 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 1 player named to All-SWAC Second Team
- 4 players named 2004-05 NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes

2006 (23-30)
- Won 2006 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2006 NCAA Regionals (Tuscaloosa)
- Smith named 2006 SWAC Coach of the Year
- 2 players named SWAC Tourney Most Outstanding Performers
- 3 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC Second Team
- 1 players named to NFCA All-South Region Second Team

2007 (29-28)
- Won 2007 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2007 NCAA Regionals
- Smith named 2007 SWAC Coach of the Year
- Player named SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
- 3 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 2 players named to All-SWAC Second Team
- Player named SWAC Pitcher of the Year
- Player named SWAC Freshman of the Year
- Player named SWAC Player of the Year

2008 (28-29)
- Won 2008 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2008 NCAA Regionals
- Smith named 2008 SWAC Coach of the Year
- Player named SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
- 2 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC Second Team

2009 (37-14)
- Teams has put together win streaks of 9, 6, 8 and 10 games
- Most wins during the season in the history of the program.
- Won 2009 SWAC Championship
- led to team to 2009 NCAA Regionals (Tuscaloosa)
- Smith named 2009 SWAC Coach of the Year
- Player named Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year
- Player named SWAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
- 2 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC First Team
- 3 players named to All-SWAC Second Team

2010 (27-23)
- Team had a nine-game win streak
- Captured 2010 SWAC Eastern Division Title
- SWAC Tournament Finalist
- 2 players named to SWAC All-Tourney Team
- 2 players named to All-SWAC First Team / 2 named to All-SWAC Second Team

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