Painesville, Ohio- The Lake Erie College softball now has a new leader. It was announced that Stephanie Smith has been hired by Lake Erie to assume head coaching duties for the softball team for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.
Smith is the fourteenth head coach for softball. She is the successor to Kristin Hall, who was replaced after three years at the helm. The Storm, while under Hall’s tenure, had a record of 17-118 over three years.
Smith was an assistant coach at Thiel College for the last three years. 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.
While a student at Thiel from 2007-2010, she was a four-year letter-winner as the starting third baseman. In 131 games, she had a overall batting average of .324 with 60 RBI’s. Smith also pitched during her freshman year, making 17 appearances over 79.1 innings. She had a ERA of 4.59 in her career.
She is one of Thiel’s most accomplished hitters as she is in the top 10 of the following categories:
- 2nd most at-bats in career (413)
- 5th most hits in a career (134)
- 7th most hits in a season (45, 2007)
- 5th most runs in a career (72)
- 8th most RBIs in a career (60)
- 6th most doubles in a career (18)
In a press release, Smith said the following, “I am very grateful and excited to being joining the athletics staff at Lake Erie College as the head softball coach. “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.”
I wish the best of luck to her as she joins assistant coaches Erika Bennett and Jeff Morganti on the staff.