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ALAN SMITH: Trevecca Says Thanks   printer  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trevecca will pause to say thanks to Alan Smith for his 35 years of service to the Trevecca athletic department  immediately following Thursday (February 22, 2007) women's basketball game with Blue Mountain College. Alan has announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year and you are welcome to join us in celebrating his 35 years of service to the department and Trevecca. 

There will be a basket to collect cards for those who would wish to drop a card off for Alan in the T-Club room. The T-Club room will be open to all who would like to have a word with Alan and Carolyn after tip-off the men's game.   

Alan started his time at Trevecca in 1972 when he arrived and soon after launched the men’s and women’s tennis program at Trevecca. 

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. In each of the last four seasons the athletic teams have earned more than 100 awards or honors each season. 

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. 

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.   

During his tenure as AD, every team has had record success and nearly all reached further into the postseason and achieved a higher NAIA ranking than any previous team. Trevecca athletes and coaches have set a record for most conference, regional and national awards in each of Smith’s nine seasons as athletic director. 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) and four (men’s basketball, softball regular season, softball tournament and women’s golf) more in the 2005-2006 season.   

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 Trevecca Nazarene University. We will miss his gentle influence and kind smile.” 

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." 

Smith was inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1995 the NAIA Hall of Fame. Smith remains the only person from Trevecca in the NAIA Hall of Fame. Other honors are listed below.

2005-2006 NAIA Region XI Athletic Director of the Year
2005-2006 TranSouth Athletic Director of the Year
Inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1995
Inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993
Started the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Program at Trevecca in 1972
Coached Men’s Tennis at Trevecca: 1972-1992
Career Tennis Record: 300-129
NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year: 1986, ’88,’89, ’90, ’92
Conference Coach of the Year: 1976, ’78, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92
NAIA Team National Rankings: 1981 (16th); 1982 (9th); 1983 (20th); 1986 (19th); 1987 (8th); 1988 (13th); 1989 (12th); 1990 (6th); 1992 (10th)
NAIA District 24 District Championships: 1986, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92
Conference Team Championships: 1986, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92
Member of the NAIA National Tennis Ranking Committee: 1991, 1992; Chairman, 1993-1999
Member of the NAIA National Tennis Tournament Committee: 1985-1999
Secretary for the NAIA Coaches Association: 1991, 1992


5 Honorable Mention All-Americans
4 Academic All-Americans
1 Honorable Mention Academic All-American
5 All-Americans

2/21/2007, 5:13 PM