Chris Smith is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Warhawk baseball program. He serves as the program's pitching coach.
Smith spent two years at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio. During his time with the Racers, he served as the team's pitching coach as well as recruiting coordinator. In 2014, his first season with the team, the squad's ERA improved by 1.20, compared to the 2013 season. The team finished first in the conference in fewest walks (126), walks per game (2.52) and strikeouts per game during the regular season (5.26). Northwestern Ohio also finished second in the league in ERA (4.18).
ERA again dropped by more than a run from 2014 to 2015, as the team's ERA improved from 4.18 to 3.11. The Racers' ERA of 3.11 was the 12th best mark in all of NAIA and the squad also finished 12th in strikeouts.
During his tenure at Northwestern Ohio, a total of four players were named First Team All-WHAC and Ryan Burns was named the conference's Pitcher of the Year following the 2015 season.
Smith has also spent time coaching during the summers as he has spent time with the Battle Creek Bombers (2013) and Kalamazoo Growlers (2014) of the Northwoods League as well as the Alaska Goldpanners (2015) of the Alaska Baseball League.
Prior to joining Northwestern Ohio, Smith served as the assistant varsity coach/pitching coach at Chesterton High School as well as the head coach/pitching coach with the Breakers Baseball Club (18U Elite Travel Team).
Chesterton High School won the 2013 DAC Championship and during the 2011 season, the squad posted a conference ERA of 1.92. Smith also had one player named All-Conference during his tenure.
Smith was a four-year letterwinner at Ohio Dominican from 2006-2009. As a freshman in 2006, he was named the league's Pitcher of the Year. He also earned First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region and Third-Team All-American Honors. In 2007, he was again a First-Team All-Conference selection. Smith, in 2008 and 2009, was named Academic All-American and as a junior earned Honorable Mention All-Conference Honors.
Smith also pitched during three different summers as he was part of the Sanford River Rats (2006), Alaska Glacier Pilots (2007) and Licking County Settlers (2008).
Smith graduated from Ohio Dominican in May 2009 with Cum Laude honors as he posted a 3.6 cumulative GPA for his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. He completed the MBA program during his time at Northwestern Ohio and graduated in June 2015.
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