Dave Smith just completed his 14th season as the Tigers baseball pitching coach following the 2016 campaign. The Trinity alum has turned the Tiger pitching staff into one of the premier units in the NCAA Division III.
Coach Smith and his pitchers played major roles in the Tigers most successful NCAA Division III season, when Trinity won the 2016 DIII World Series. Trinity was second nationally in strikeouts, fifth in hits allowed, and the sixth-best in ERA.
In 2015, Tiger pitchers were ranked near the top, finishing fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.65), and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (8.5). Trinity was first total strikeouts in 2008, 2012, and 2013. The 2013 unit was second in Division III with a 2.45 ERA and was fourth overall for lowest WHIP at 1.15 as a staff. In 2015, Tiger pitchers were again ranked near the top, finishing fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.65), and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (8.5).
Coach Smith has guided seven players to SCAC Pitcher of the Year accolades. Ten Tiger pitchers have gone to the professional ranks since 2005, and the list includes Ben Klimesh (Cincinnati Reds, 2012), Ryan Lucero (Sioux City Explorers, 2013), Kyle Bogese (Philadelphia Phillies, 2014), and Matt Tindall (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2015).
As a Tiger pitcher from 1999-2002, Coach Smith compiled a 24-7 career record. Overall, he ranks in the top-10 all time in Trinity starts, victories, ERA, and strikeouts. Always a steady performer, his breakout season was 2002 where he anchored the Trinity pitching staff. Coach Smith finished the year with an 8-2 record and a 1.84 ERA, earning All-West Region and All-SCAC honors. He was also on the All-SCAC team in 2000 and 2001, and spent two summers in the MINK League playing for the Beatrice (NE) Bruins.
Coach Smith said he entered into the coaching profession because of his pitching coach and mentor, the late Bob Meccage. During his career at Trinity, Coach Smith developed a close relationship with Coach Meccage. His decision to follow in his teacher's footsteps was directly influenced by Coach Meccage's dedication toward Coach Smith’s baseball career and personal life. According to Coach Smith, "Coach Meccage was the greatest motivator I have ever been around, and demanded everything you had every time you stepped on that field, all the while expressing his sincere joy when he knew you gave everything you had."
An outstanding student, Coach Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity 2002 in business administration, and a master’s in accounting one year later. He is the chief financial officer at Sanger & Altgelt LLC in San Antonio.
Coach Smith and his wife, Amber, have three dogs, Daisy and Kitty and Winnie; and two cats, Smoltz and Samantha.