21 Years of Head Coaching Experience.
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.
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.
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 Wells, Jason Jennings, Chad Hawkins, David Murphy, Mark 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 Jennings, Kelly Shoppach and Josh Ludy earning Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year honors.