Best of the Bearcats
Smith, Grady garner end of year honors
Friday, June 06, 2014 12:18 AM
The award might have Kermit Smith's name on it, but the Lander University baseball coach knows who the Southeast Region Coach of the Year award belongs to.
Lander coach Kermit Smith, left, and Patrick Grady celebrate Lander’s Southeast Regional championship May 18, which earned the Bearcats their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II College World Series. (SUBMITTED)
Smith was named the region's coach of the year by two different organizations, the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He led the Bearcats during a historic season in which the team set a school record for wins (52) and earned the first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II College World Series by winning the Southeast Regional.
But Smith knows the award said more about his players.
"It feels like I probably had a pretty good team," Smith said of the honor. "I think it's a reflection on the baseball program, the university and the fact that we had a really good baseball team led by some really good seniors.
"That's what it means. It's just saying, 'Hey, you guys have a good baseball team at Lander.'"
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