Megan Rhodes Smith joins the Middle Tennessee staff after one season as the assistant/pitching coach at Charleston Southern. Under her instruction, the Lady Buccaneers earned a 30-28 record. The season was highlighted by a 9-4 CSU decision over then #15 ranked Louisville on Feb. 20, 2010.
Smith, a four year starter at Tennessee, finished her career in Knoxville with the second most strikeouts (726), third in victories (67) and fourth in pitcher winning percentage (67-22, .753).
Smith was a standout student at Tennessee, getting recognized on the SEC Spring Honor Roll in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She also was awarded Second-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American and First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV in 2008. She was also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.
Smith graduated in 2008 from the University of Tennessee with a 3.8 GPA and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She also received a master's degree from Tennessee in August of 2009, graduating with a degree in sport studies and a concentration in sport psychology.
A Tennessee native, Smith attended David Lipscomb high school in Nashville, pitching all four seasons for the Mustangs. A four-time Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) all-state and all-mid-state selection, she holds the Tennessee state record for career strikeouts with 1,807. Rhodes holds several TSSAA state tournament records for strikeouts, including: 25 strikeouts in a 10-inning game, most punch outs in a single state tourney (72) and most career state tournament K's.
Smith played professionally in the summer and fall of 2010 with the Professional Fastpitch X-Treme Tour (PFX).
Smith serves mainly as the Raiders' pitching coach, but will also be involved with all player development and game time responsibilities.