Megan Rhodes Smith begins her second year as pitching coach for the Blue Raider softball team. Before coming to Middle Tennessee, she spent one season as the assistant/pitching coach at Charleston Southern.
Smith, a four-year starter at Tennessee, finished her career in Knoxville second all-time in strikeouts (726), third in victories (67) and fourth in pitcher winning percentage (67-22, .753).
In addition to her illustrious career in the circle, Smith was also a standout student at Tennessee and was accordingly recognized on the SEC Spring Honor Roll in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was awarded Second-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American and First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV in 2008. The Lady Vol was also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.
Smith graduated from Tennessee in 2008 with her bachelor's degree in psychology, finishing with a 3.8 GPA. She then received her master's in sport studies with a concentration in sport psychology from Tennessee in August of 2009.
A Nashville native, Smith attended David Lipscomb High School, 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. She holds several TSSAA state tournament records for strikeouts including 5 strikeouts in a 10-inning game, most punch outs in a single state tourney (72) and most career state tournament strikeouts.
Choosing not to completely hang up her cleats, Smith played professionally in the summer and fall of 2010 with the Professional Fastpitch X-Treme Tour (PFX).