Hall of Fame

Ernie Smith

TYPE Athlete/Meritorious Service


Ernie Smith attended David Lipscomb College from 1969-1973, where he was part of the Lipscomb baseball program that advanced to the school’s first-ever NAIA National baseball tournament. During Ernie’s career, the Bison baseball program won 143 games and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 1971 and again in 1972. After graduation, Ernie began his long career with David Lipscomb High School where he is considered one of Tennessee’s most successful high school coaches. Ernie will always be one of the few coaches in Tennessee sports history to win 500 games as girls basketball coach and 500 games as baseball coach. Ernie directed Lipscomb to the TSAA girl’s state basketball championship in 1986 and won TSAA baseball championships in 1978, 1982, 1986, and 1998. Ernie Smith will always be considered one of the most successful Lipscomb graduates, not just because of his winning abilities, but the impact he has made on so many young people’s lives.