Tracy Smith enters her 14th season with the Bobcats in 2015 and her tenth as the program’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Smith’s ability to recruit top student-athletes has helped lead the Bobcats to success on the court and in the classroom. Her recruiting prowess was on display in 2013 as the Bobcats started the season with nine true freshmen in a year Texas State would win the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship.
Since her arrival to San Marcos in 2002, the Bobcats have won nine Southland Conference championships, a Sun Belt Conference Championship and compiled a 264-161 (.621) record.
In addition to coordinating all aspects of the team’s recruiting efforts, Smith is also the team’s technical director, outlining all aspects of the Bobcats’ training and on-floor technical skills. Smith also works with the day-to-day operations of the Bobcat volleyball program helping to coordinate staff duties between the assistant coach, volunteer assistant, team managers and team trainers.
Smith mentored former Bobcat middle blocker Amber Calhoun who was named the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year and finished her four-year career with the Texas State record for block assists and tied for the record in hitting percentage.
Among her many impressive recruiting classes was her 2010 class that included Amari Deardorff and Ashlee Hilbun, both two-time All-Conference selections, and was ranked a top-50 recruiting class nationally by www.PrepVolleyball.com.
Smith has also served on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Board as the Assistant Coaches Representative for the past six years.
Smith joined the Bobcat staff in 2002, after spending one season as an assistant coach at Rice. In her one season at Rice, Smith helped lead the Owls to an 18-16 overall mark and an 8-5 record in the Western Athletic Conference.
Smith was an assistant coach at Central Florida in the spring of 2001, and she has six years of head coaching experience at Arkansas Tech from 1996-2001. While at Arkansas Tech, Smith won three Gulf South Conference championships, guiding the team to at least 30 wins in three of her five seasons as she compiled an overall record of 137-55.
In 2001, she led Arkansas Tech to a 34-6 record and undefeated 12-0 mark in conference play along with a second-place finish in the GSC tournament. The Golden Suns’ regular season earned the team an NCAA Division II National Tournament berth – the team’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Smith also tallied three undefeated Gulf South West Division championships and had a 43-10 conference record in her time at Arkansas Tech.
Players from Smith’s teams garnered conference MVP honors in 1997, 1999 and 2001, and two of her players received National Player of the Week accolades on three different occasions. Smith also served as the Senior Woman Administrator from 1996-1998 and was a physical education instructor while at Arkansas Tech.
Smith is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology.
As a player, Smith attended Clear Lake High School, played for Club Texas and signed with Utah State as an outside hitter. Smith transferred to Texas after one season at Utah State, but her playing days were cut short by a career-ending injury. She worked as a student assistant while completing her degree under former Longhorn and current Southern California head coach Mick Haley, who is the third winningest active NCAA Division I head coach.
Smith married her high school sweetheart Steve Smith in the summer of 2007.