Smith announced as UTSA Softball's newest assistant coach

SAN ANTONIO — On Tuesday, head coach  Vann Stuedeman announced the newest member of her coaching staff in the form of Tori Smith, who joins as an assistant coach following two years at Trinity Valley Community College. Smith will serve as the primary hitting coach and camp coordinator for the upcoming campaign. 
"Coach Smith is the perfect fit for UTSA softball," said Stuedeman on the new hire. "She is a relationship builder, a continual learner and most importantly a person of high quality and standards. She will help bring top caliber players on campus as she is well connected in San Antonio as well as the state of Texas. I am excited to work with her and experience all that she has to offer." 
In 2023, she assisted TVCC in a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament while the team compiled a school-record 33 wins across the season and was named NJCAA Softball Academic Team of the Year with a 3.82 GPA. She saw six Cardinals achieve All-Conference status, including a pair of all-region performers in 2022, a season featuring 10 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. 
Ahead of a brief stint at Galveston College, Smith spent three years as the assistant coach for Vernon College, building a junior college power that rose as high as No. 6 in the national rankings. She served primarily as a hitting instructor with the Chaps in a period that saw the squad shatter records in on-base percentage (. 447), doubles (141), and home runs (81). In her time at Vernon College, she coached up 11 all-conference performers, with one going on to win the league's Utility Player of the Year accolade as well as second-team All-America. 
Smith received a bachelor's in sports and exercise science at Cameron University, where she represented the Aggies on the diamond following two years at Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. Additionally, she completed her Senior Capstone as an assistant coach and aided the Oklahoma Bulldogs travel ball organization in the summer of 2018.
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