After almost six years at the helm of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) baseball program, Brian “Bull” Smith has announced he is stepping down to pursue other interests.
“I’ve reached a point where I’m at a crossroads,” Smith stated. “The time commitment in college coaching is enormous and the hours I’ve had to spend away from my family have been hard on all of us. There are a lot of things I still want to do in life. It’s time to go do them.”
Smith and his family—wife Christy and daughter Sasha—came to Creston in June 2008 from Joplin, MO, where he worked in the admissions department and assisted with scouting and recruiting for Missouri Southern State University. Prior to that, he was the hitting coach at Crowder College in Neosho, MO.
During his time at SWCC, Smith spent countless hours working to improve the baseball facilities. Smith remembers how the field looked when he came to the college and leaves feeling proud of the massive improvements made during his tenure.
“I can look at the facility and see how far it’s come during the time I’ve been here,” Smith explained. “We have new fencing, a batting cage, a new backstop … and I was able to do everything at cost because we didn’t have the funds to pay labor.”
Smith said he will also miss working with the players, his favorite part of coaching. “Whether it was fall league, practicing, playing or fundraising for the team, my favorite times were spent with the players.”
According to Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, the college will begin the search for a new head baseball coach immediately. In addition to his position as SWCC’s head baseball coach, Smith has been an admissions representative for the college.