21 Years of Head Coaching Experience. 

700+ Wins

21 Post Season Tournaments

13 NCAA Tournaments

4 NCAA Super Regionals

3 Big 12 Conference Championships

1 College World Series

10 Major Leaguers

984 Head Coach APR (13 years)

17 All Americans

31 All Region honorees

6 Conference Players of the Year

121 All Conference Performers on the Field

14 Academic All Americans

39 Academic All District Awards

159 Academic All Conference Citations

Five-Time Big 12 Coach of the Year Selection

2005 Team USA Head Coach

2006 Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

2008 ABCA President

NCAA Tournament 13 of last 18 years

Big 12 Tournament 19 of 19 years



1995   SWC Tournament

1996   SWC Tournament

1997   Big 12 Tournament

1998   NCAA Regional

1999   NCAA Super Regional

2000   Big 12 Champions. NCAA Regional

2001   NCAA Regional

2002   NCAA Regional

2003   NCAA Super Regional

2004   Big 12 Tournament

2005   Big 12 Champions. NCAA CWS

2006   NCAA Regional

2007   NCAA Regional

2008   Big 12 Tournament

2009   NCAA Regional

2010   NCAA Regional

2011   NCAA Regional

2012   Big 12 Champions. NCAA Super Regional

2013   Big 12 Tournament

2014   Big 12 Tournament

2015   Big 12 Tournament


Smith's coaching career began as a graduate assistant for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team in 1988. After two seasons at Texas A&M, Smith became an assistant coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team in 1990, helping lead the Bulldogs to the 1990 College World Series. Upon Mickey Sullivan's retirement from Baylor University following the 1994 season, Smith became the head coach for the Baylor Bears baseball team.

In 1998, Smith led Baylor back to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time since 1993. In 1999 the Bears set a single season record for most wins in school history with 50 and hosted an NCAA Regional and Super Regional. In 2000, Smith led Baylor to a Big 12 Championship, Baylor's first out right conference championship in baseball since 1923. Smith would lead Baylor to subsequent Big 12 championships in 2005 and 2012. Through the first 10 years of Big 12 baseball play Baylor had the no. 1 winning percentage in the Big 12 conference. 

In 2005, Smith led Baylor to the College World Series for the first time since 1978 after defeating Clemson in the Waco Super Regional. The Bears posted a 2-2 record in Omaha, including an 8 run come back against no. 1 ranked Tulane University. They finished the season ranked 4th nationally.

The 2012 Bears won 24 consecutive games in route to an 18-0 start in Big 12 play and a Baylor first ever no. 1 national ranking.  

With a win over Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on April 17, 2012, Smith passed Sullivan to become the winningest coach in Baylor history. Smith's win over Austin Peay State University on February 23, 2014 marked his 700th win. 

Early Life

Steve Smith graduated from Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1979. While in high school, Smith played quarterback for the football team, leading Gulfport to the 1978 state championship, and pitcher for the baseball team, playing in the 1979 Mississippi High School All-Star Game.

College Career

Smith went on to attend Mississippi College where he played quarterback for the football team and pitcher for the baseball team. He transferred to Baylor University after one season, where he pitched for the Baylor Bears Baseball Team under Mickey Sullivan.  In 1982, Smith led the Southwest Conference with a 1.72 ERA and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. 

Minor League Career

Smith began his professional career in 1983 with the Rookie League Great Falls Giants of the Pioneer League. He spent the 1984 season with the Class A Fresno Giants of the California League and the Class AA Shreveport Captains of theTexas League. Smith spent the entire 1985 season as well as most of the 1986 season with the Fresno Giants before being called up to the Class AAA Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League. 


Smith has had 72 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including six first round draft choices in Kip WellsJason JenningsChad HawkinsDavid MurphyMark McCormack and Aaron Miller. Seventeen Baylor players have earned All-American honors under Smith, with Jason Jennings winning the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Rotary Smith Award as the best player in college baseball, and Kelly Shoppach winning the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in college baseball. 39 players have earned first-team All-Conference honors under Smith, with Jason JenningsKelly Shoppach and Josh Ludy earning Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year honors.