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Megan Rhodes Smith

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Phone (615) 966-7158

Pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith returns for her fourth season as pitching coach for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

During her tenure the Lady Bisons played in the NCAA Regional at the University of Tennessee in 2014, advancing to the final round.

Three of her pitchers have earned ASUN Conference honors with Kelly Young named First Team in 2015 and Second Team in 2016. Tanner Sanders was a Second Team selection in 2015. Ashley Anderson was a Second Team pick in 2016.

In all three seasons at least one of Lipscomb pitchers has placed in the top five in the ASUN in strikeouts, earned run average and wins.

In 2016 Young lead the ASUN in strikeouts with 220. Sanders was third with 127. Young was fourth in wins with 13. Sanders was fifth with a 2.45 earned run average.

Young finished the 2015 season in second place in strikeouts with 216. Sanders was third with 131. Young was second with a 2.56 ERA. Sanders was fourth with a 2.88. Young tied for third in wins with 18.

In 2015 Ashley Anderson placed second in wins with 20. She was fourth with a 1.58 ERA. Her strikeout total of 140 placed her fifth.

Smith spent the 2013 season with the Western Kentucky softball program, working with pitchers and catchers along with working with players on the mental aspects of the game. She also has been an assistant at Middle Tennessee and Charleston Southern.

Smith, a former standout at David Lipscomb High School, played four seasons for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. She left the program ranked second all-time in strikeouts (726), third in wins (67) and fourth in innings pitched (570.1). She posted a 67-22 record for a .753 winning percentage and also had a 1.77 earned run average, both rank fourth best all-time. She made 135 appearances including 96 starts.

She helped the Lady Vols make three appearances in the Women’s College World Series.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tennessee. She was an SEC Honor Roll member for three years with a 3.8 grade point average. She earned a master’s degree in sports studies with a concentration in sports psychology from Tennessee in 2009.

“Megan has a great track record for improving pitchers,” Ryman said. “I like Megan’s philosophy. She has a great coaching mentality. I think she is going to quickly gain the respect of our pitchers.

“It is exciting for me that she has a master’s degree in sports psychology. She has a chance to not only impact our pitchers, but also our entire team.”

Also known for her community service Smith received the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship.

Megan and her husband, Kevin, have a daughter, Jillene.

Megan’s father, Dr. Steve Rhodes, is director of instrumental ensembles at Lipscomb.

 Megan’s father, Dr. Steve Rhodes, is director of instrumental ensembles at Lipscomb.