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Pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith is a new addition to the Lipscomb softball coaching staff for 2013.
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.
Ryman likes the fact that Smith brings both a history of recruiting as well as a name that will be well-known to softball players around the country.
“She knows a lot of the local talent, which is good,” Ryman said. “She knows her pitching. She is going to help draw good quality pitchers. She obviously has the ability to help them continue to improve once they are here.”
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.
Her husband, Kevin, is assistant athletic director and assistant football coach at Franklin Road Academy. They have a daughter, Jillene . Megan’s father, Dr. Steve Rhodes, is director of instrumental ensembles at Lipscomb.
“It is an exciting move because it is a little bit like coming home,” Smith said. “I didn’t go to college here, but I feel very at home on this campus. My Dad is here. It is definitely a place my family is a part of. Lipscomb is a special place.
“I have always paid attention to what Lipscomb has done in softball. Ever since coach Ryman has gotten here there has been success on top of success. I am excited about being a part of a softball program that has been as successful as this one.”