Howard College coach, A.D. resigns

Former Howard College coach Britt Smith watches his team from the dugout during a game.
Drew Williams
Sports Editor

After 13 years with Howard College, athletic director and head baseball coach Britt Smith has stepped down.
Smith will turn a new page after taking a job with Perfect Game, a company devoted to furthering the development and career of talented amateur baseball player, according to the company’s website. Smith will be the south regional coordinator with the company.
“It was an opportunity for me to spend a lot more time with my family, and I couldn’t really turn it down,” Smith said. “I wasn’t ever really looking to leave for another coaching job.”
Smith said the demands that come with coaching at the junior college level factored into his decision.
“Junior college is a young man’s game, and I’m not calling myself old by any means, but it’s year-round, it’s 12-15 hours a day every day. You might get Christmas off, but it’s a grind and it takes a toll on you. You put in 60-hour work weeks before you even get to the weekend and play a four-game series. And people just don’t understand that. They don’t understand the demands of junior college, because every year, you’re bringing in 20-25 more kids. It’s not like a four-year school where you may only need four kids in a certain year,” he said. “You’re constantly recruiting an entire team basically.”
The Hawks finished their 2016 season with a Region V Tournament appearance and a 36-22 record, and finished the 2015 season as the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Champions for the fifth time in the past eight seasons with a conference record of 28-8. In 2012, Howard became the first school in WJCAC history to be conference champions four years in a row, going 112-16 in the conference during that span.
Smith and the Hawks gained national recognition during their 2009 national championship season, going 63-1 and setting the record for the longest undefeated regular season in college baseball history.
Their 57-game winning streak also broke the previous record of 55 games set by Seminole State College (Okla.) in 1987.

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