SALEM, Ore. – Corban University's Director of AthleticsDave Johnson announced Tuesday that former head coach and Warrior Hall of Fame member Tracy Smithis returning to lead the Warriors' women's volleyball program for the 2012 season after a five-year absence from collegiate coaching.
"Tracy has a wealth of knowledge in administration and coaching collegiate volleyball," said Johnson. "Her international experience with serving the Lord through volleyball is invaluable. Tracy will soon take us to the a top ranking in the CCC and beyond."
Smith, who is the program's all-time leader in wins with 238 victories, will return to the helm after spending the last six years as a Northwest representative for Athletes in Action (AIA).
"I'm so excited and very thankful for the opportunity to return to Corban as the head volleyball coach," said Smith. "Corban is a special place to my whole family!"
After stepping down as head coach of the Warriors in 2006, Smith worked with AIA where she was responsible to mentor, train, and coach elite volleyball teams to travel and compete internationally on short-term tours.
"The past six years with Athletes in Action have been an amazing time of ministry for our family and I hope much of what I've experienced will transfer to my coaching and development of the volleyball program," said Smith.
Before beginning with AIA, Smith put Western Baptist/Corban women's volleyball program on the map, guiding the Warriors to over 200 wins in 17 years. Taking the reins in 1989, Smith gradually built the program until its peak in 1997 when the Warriors won a school-record 31 matches, brought home the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national title, and captured the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament crown. Smith also guided Western Baptist to its first-ever NAIA Region I tournament that season and was named NCCAA Coach of the Year.
During her 17-year collegiate coaching career, Smith led the Warriors to eight Cascade Collegiate Conference tournaments, four NAIA Region I tournaments, and three NCCAA national tournaments. Smith posted 14 seasons with 10-or-more wins, while finishing in the top three in the conference three times and earning the program's highest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national ranking at No. 13 in the final poll of the 1997 season.
"I have a lot of ground to make up this late in the recruiting and training season, but I'm excited for the challenge and committed to serving the Lord and the student-athletes wholeheartedly," said Smith. "I'm looking forward to working with the Warrior athletic staff and want to invite the Corban community to join us as we seek to serve the Lord through the sport of volleyball."
Smith and Corban are scheduled open the 2012 season at the CCC-Frontier Challenge against Westminster on Thursday, August 23rd, at 5:00 p.m. inside the Hub in Spokane, Washington.