Beverly Smith has accepted the head softball coaching position at the University of South Carolina, athletics director Eric Hyman announced on Thursday. Smith becomes the 10th coach in the 38-year history of Gamecock softball.
“I am honored to join the University of South Carolina and its athletics department,” said Smith. “The softball program at South Carolina is rich in tradition. I am excited for the opportunity to lead such a historic softball program and reestablish the winning tradition.”
“We are thrilled to announce that Beverly Smith will be leading the softball program at the University of South Carolina,” Hyman said. “Her accomplishments as a student-athlete, coach and recruiter have gained her tremendous respect throughout the softball community, and we look forward to all that she and her staff will bring to our department. Her experience and solid reputation are just what our program needs as we continue on the journey that Joyce Compton began. We appreciate Joyce’s years of service and success in putting Gamecock softball on the national map and look forward to Beverly expanding that legacy.”
Smith comes to Columbia after a successful tenure as first an assistant coach, then associate head coach for the University of North Carolina softball program.
Spending 12 years combined on staff as the lead recruiter, Smith helped the Tar Heels to eight of their nine NCAA Tournament appearances and to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles (2001 and 2008). Smith tutored the Tar Heel pitchers and catchers, including Danielle Spaulding, who just finished her career at North Carolina as the program’s third first-team All-American. Five of Smith’s pitchers earned All-ACC accolades 10 times during her tenure, while she also helped UNC achieve a top-25 ranking in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaches Poll at least once per season since 2006.
**Information provided by USC SID**