|Title:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
Jimmy Smith '16 enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Wheaton College baseball program in 2018-2019. Smith is responsible for the development of all hitters and baserunners, while also working with the outfielders and serves as the program's Recruiting Coordinator.
Since returning to Wheaton, Smith has helped the Lyons remain one of the best hitting teams in the country. In 2017, a season which saw the Lyons advance to the NCAA tournament for the 14th time in program history and College World Series for the third time since 2006, Wheaton finished 29th in the nation in doubles and 45th in triples. Wheaton followed that up in 2018, ending the year ranked 16th in the country in doubles, 31st in triples, 69th in slugging percentage, 78th in scoring, and 86th in batting average. Smith coached 2018 New England Position Player of the Year and All-American Nick Raposo who ended the 2018 season ranked 10th in the nation in doubles with 18 while ranking 12th in doubles per game (0.5), 36th in hits (61), 47th in total bases (94), and 50th in batting average (.424).
Prior to joining the Wheaton staff, Smith served as an assistant coach at Wachusett Regional High School, East Side Legion Post 201 and with the Central team in the 2015 Bay State Games.
During his senior year at Wheaton, Smith earned his first NEWMAC All-Conference honor. The outfielder competed in 43 games, hit .322 (55-171) with 45 runs scored, 20 RBI including seven doubles, two triples, one home run, and a career-high 29 stolen bases.