Smith Joins Terps As Assistant Softball Coach

Nov. 1, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alissa Smith joined Coach Laura Watten and the Maryland Terrapins as an assistant coach in September of 2005. Prior to joining the Terps, Smith spent six years as an assistant softball coach at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fl.

Smith is responsible for working with both infielders and outfielders, recruiting, and assisting Coach Watten in all coaching aspects.

At Bethune-Cookman, Smith helped lead the Lady Wildcats to win five straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships in 1999-2004 with corresponding NCAA regional appearances. In 2005, the team also won the Florida Regional Championship, appeared in the NCAA Super Regional at the University of Texas, and was ranked 23rd in the USA Today Top 25 poll. The National Fastpitches Coaches Association (NFCA) awarded Bethune-Cookman the South Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005.

Smith's collegiate career began at Daytona Beach Community College receiving the defensive player of the year award her first year. As a sophomore, Smith won the Golden Glove award and helped the Rattlers win their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference softball championship. Subsequently, she transferred to Florida A&M University where she played second base and short stop and was instrumental in the team's first victory in the MEAC Championship.

Smith also worked as a Pharmacy Technician in Orlando for two years before joining Bethune-Cookman.

Smith is a native of Oak Hill, Florida and resides in Annapolis.