Dave Smith is in his 18th season as the Tigers baseball pitching coach. The Trinity alum has turned the Tiger pitching staff into one of the premier units in the NCAA Division III, since taking over the position in 2003.
Coach Smith and the Tiger pitchers played major roles in Trinity’s most successful NCAA Division III season. Trinity captured the 2016 NCAA Division III World Series, and the Tiger hurlers were ranked second nationally in strikeouts, fifth in hits allowed, and had the sixth-best ERA. Trinity’s unit was ranked first in total strikeouts in 2008, 2012, and 2013.
He has guided six pitchers to All-America recognition, and seven to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades.
Twelve Tiger pitchers have become professional players since 2005. The most recent is Brendan Meyer who signed a contract in 2018 with the Cleveland Indians organization.
The list also includes Ben Klimesh (Cincinnati Reds, 2012), Ryan Lucero (Sioux City Explorers, 2013), Kyle Bogese (Philadelphia Phillies, 2013), and Matt Tindall (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 2015).
Trinity won the NCAA Division III strikeouts title in 2008, 2012, and 2013. The Tigers also led the category of strikeouts per nine innings in 2008, and placed second after the 2018 campaign.
Coach Smith was a Tiger pitcher from 1999-2002, and compiled a 24-7 career record on the mound. He ranks in the top-10 all-time in Trinity starts, victories, and innings pitched. His breakout season was in 2002, when he finished the season with an 8-2 record and 1.84 ERA. Coach Smith earned All-West Region and All-SCAC honors. He was also an All-SCAC recipient in 2000 and 2001, and spent two summers in the MINK League, playing for the Beatrice (Nebraska) Bruins.
Coach Smith said he entered the coaching profession because of his Trinity pitching coach, the late Bob Meccage. During his student days at Trinity, Coach Smith developed a close relationship with Coach Meccage, and he decided to follow in his mentor’s footsteps.
An exemplary student-athlete, Coach Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity in 2002 in business administration and a master’s in accounting a year later. Away from the baseball field, he is currently the chief financial officer at Sanger & Altgelt LLC in San Antonio.
Coach Smith and his wife, Amber, have two dogs, Winnie and Shadow.