Steve Smith – Head Coach, Baylor University

Steve Smith is in his 19th season as head coach of Baylor's baseball program. In his first 18 years, Smith guided Baylor to its most successful 10-year run in the program's history and a 2005 College World Series appearance, and he became Baylor's all-time wins leader in all sports. Smith also served as 2008 president of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Head Coach of the 2005 USA Baseball National Team. Smith has led Baylor to 13 NCAA Regional appearances, four NCAA Super Regional appearances and one College World Series. With 13 NCAA Regional appearances since 1998, Smith has placed Baylor on a list with only 13 other teams. He also has coached 16 All-America selections and eight USA Baseball National Team members while at Baylor.

An accomplished pitching coach, Smith has tutored eight pitchers in the last 16 years who were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. Since the inception of the Big 12, Baylor has produced 81 Major League Baseball draft selections.

After being selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 1983 free agent draft, Smith spent four years working his way through the Giants' minor league system, ending his professional career in 1986 with the Class AAA Phoenix Firebirds.

Coach Smith has been as Assistant Coach at Texas A&M, and spent five years on Ron Polk's staff at Mississippi State, working primarily with the pitchers. In his seven years as an assistant coach, Smith made six NCAA regional appearances and coached for three teams that were ranked No. 1 nationally at one point in the season.

Off the field, Smith co-produced a two-volume video, "The Care and Maintenance of the Pitching Shoulder," and has since released an instructional video, "Preparing for Pitcher Success." He speaks to numerous youth and civic groups each year and serves as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Woodway. Smith also was instrumental in creating Baylor's first baseball support group, Heart of the Order, with a current membership of more than 300.

Steve Smith’s Topics:

  • Pitching: My Basics
  • Practice: Difference Makers
  • Coaching: What is your why?