ATHLETICS: Smith to Retire in May
Smith coached the men's team until the program was terminated in 1992. During his 20-year tennis coaching career at Trevecca, Smith amassed a career record of 300-129. A seven-time Conference Coach of the Year and five-time NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year, Smith’s services to Trevecca have been recognized on both a local and national scale.
Smith’s tenure as athletics director began in the fall of 1998 when he was named interim director. He began official status in the summer of 1999. Trevecca’s athletic department has seen enormous growth during his tenure. Nine years ago the picture was significantly different. During the 1997-98 season Trevecca's five sports at the time produced only three measurable awards. The women's basketball team had the TranSouth's freshman of the year and the newcomer of the year and had a player named third team All-TranSouth.
Affectionately known as Smitty or Coach Smith by decades of past Trevecca athletes on the intramural or intercollegiate teams, Smith will be missed by all around the campus.
Trevecca president Dr. Dan Boone began his relationship with Alan Smith during his days as a student at Trevecca, “I was a sophomore in college when Alan Smith came to Trevecca. His mark and influence on generations of students is part of the Trevecca Experience. Alan’s devotion to God, his love for the student-athlete, and his compassion for people have made him a walking brand of
Randy Carden, Professor of Psychology, came to Trevecca to play tennis for Alan Smith. (He Stated,) "Alan is a major reason why I am at Trevecca. He recruited me to play on his tennis team in the late 70's. Soon after my graduation and graduate school, I returned to join the faculty. He has influenced me profoundly as a coach, mentor and close friend. With a quiet humility, Alan has shaped me into a better person. I have witnessed the same effect on scores of others. He continues to maintain relationships with his players around the globe and is deeply loved."
Smith recruited a number of international students to play for his tennis teams. Urban Hammarstedt was a international student who played for Smitty and recently shared this about his time at Trevecca, "I know that if my tracks had not passed through Trevecca, I wouldn't be where I am today. I can't thank you enough for putting up with all of us international players."
Since his promotion in the fall of 1998, Smith has been a key ingredient in the school’s addition of four sports (men's and women's teams in golf and soccer) and building two on-campus facilities. Trevecca’s softball and soccer facilities were added, and major improvements were made to the baseball field. In additions, nearly every athletic team has seen team and individual records fall over the last three seasons.
Since Smith was named Trevecca’s athletic director every team has reached further into the postseason and achieved a higher NAIA ranking than any previous team has with one exception. The men’s basketball team reached the Elite 8 in 1987, but the last two Trevecca men’s basketball teams have reached the Sweet 16 and achieved the highest ranking in school history. Trevecca athletes and coaches have set a record for most conference, regional and national awards in each of Smith’s eight seasons as athletic director.
As one of the founding members of the TranSouth Conference, Trevecca had never won a conference championship until the 2004-2005 season. Trevecca collected five banners that year (men’s basketball, baseball regular season, baseball tournament, softball, women’s golf). In the 2005-2006 season Trevecca has added four more conference championship banners to hang in the rafters of Moore Gym (men’s basketball, softball regular season, softball tournament, women’s golf).
Smith was inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1995 Smith was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Smith was the first, and remains the only, person from Trevecca to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
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