Megan Smith (Right)
Honors, achievements, and special recognition:
- Led KU to 3, 30 win seasons in a row
- Won 100th game at KU this Spring – 3rd fastest coach in KU history to reach 100 wins
- Team finished the 2013 season with the highest batting average in the country
- Finished 4th in the Big 12 in 2013 – best finish since 2001
- 2012 – led team to the schools longest winning streak in program history
- 2011 – led team to the best start in program history
How I became interested in my area:
I loved playing softball at the collegiate level and teaching young girls about the game.
An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:
I started a Division I softball program, Western Carolina University, from scratch in 2006. In that first season of program history, we won our regular season conference championship, broke the conference record for homeruns in a season, and I was named Conference Coach of the Year.
Someone who has been a role model for me and why:
Donna Papa – Hall of Fame Head Softball Coach at UNC. She has been in my life as a mentor since I was 13. She showed me how to be a positive role model for young women and how to coach with class and respect for my players.
My favorite KU memory:
This season we beat #1 Oklahoma at home 2-0. It was the first time in program history that Kansas had beaten a #1 team.
When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:
I remember all of the hard work and pride that I put into my team and realize that I have sacrificed so much and it is all worth it!
An important life lesson I have learned:
I lost my 40 year old husband to cancer 2 years ago when my son was only 3 years old. That taught me that life is short—you never know when everything will change. Live every day like it could be your last and NEVER settle!
If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…
Stay true to who you are no matter what. I am afraid that young women change their beliefs and ideals just to fit in or be wanted.
A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."– John Wooden
I think this quote is really important in my profession of coaching. It truly is not about what outside people think about you—it is about how you treat people and players every day. That is your true character!