David Smith is in his 16th season as the Tigers baseball pitching coach. The Trinity alum has turned the Tiger pitching staff into one of the premier units in the NCAA Division III, since taking over the position in 2003.
Coach Smith and the Tiger pitchers played major roles in Trinity’s most successful NCAA Division III season. Trinity captured the 2016 NCAA Division III World Series, and the Tiger hurlers were ranked second nationally in strikeouts, fifth in hits allowed, and had the sixth-best ERA. Trinity’s unit was ranked first in total strikeouts in 2008, 2012, and 2013.
He has guided six pitchers to All-America recognition and seven to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades.
Eleven Tiger pitchers have gone to the professional ranks since 2005. The list includes Ben Klimesh (Cincinnati Reds, 2012), Ryan Lucero (Sioux City Explorers, 2013), Kyle Bogese (Philadelphia Phillies, 2013), and Matt Tindall (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 2015).
Coach Smith was a Tiger pitcher from 1999-2002 and compiled a 24-7 career record on the mound. He ranks in the top-10 all-time in Trinity starts, victories, and innings pitched. His breakout season was in 2002, when he finished the season with an 8-2 record and 1.84 ERA. Coach Smith earned All-West Region and All-SCAC honors. He was also an All-SCAC recipient in 2000 and 2001, and spent two summers in the MINK League, playing for the Beatrice (Nebraska) Bruins.
Coach Smith said he entered the coaching profession because of his Trinity pitching coach, the late Bob Meccage. During his student days at Trinity, Coach Smith developed a close relationship with Coach Meccage, and he decided to follow in his mentor’s footsteps.
An exemplary student-athlete, Coach Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity in 2002 in business administration and a master’s in accounting a year later. Away from the baseball field, he is currently the chief financial officer at Sanger & Altgelt LLC in San Antonio.
Coach Smith and his wife, Amber, have three dogs, Daisy, Kitty, and Winnie; and one cat, Samantha.