BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Softball Coach Jake Cockerham '09 announced the hire of Hannah Smith '16 as his assistant coach. Smith has served as a part-time assistant for the Tornado for the last two years following her playing career as a Tornado.
"I am beyond grateful and excited for this new journey," Smith said. "First off I want to thank God for leading me to this incredible opportunity. I also want to thank Coach Cockerham for allowing me to continue to be a part of the King softball program. Words can't describe how eager I am to uphold the values of King University, and to continue the success of King softball."
Over the last two years, Smith has helped the coaching staff in many different areas. In 2018, she helped King win their second Conference Carolinas Tournament, earning their second NCAA Tournament berth. The Tornado set the school record with 36 wins and won their first-ever NCAA Tournament contests, finishing as the NCAA Southeast Regional runner-up.
"I am very excited for Hannah and her new opportunity," Cockerham said. "She has been a crucial part of our recent success, and I am looking forward to her taking on a bigger role with our coaching staff. Her vision for the softball program is perfectly aligned with my vision and also aligns perfectly with the mission of King. Her work ethic and knowledge of the game are outstanding and she will continue to be a tremendous leader and mentor to our student-athletes."
In her career at King, Smith was a .328 hitter and had a slugging percentage of .512, both marks that rank fourth on the King all-time list. She is the all-time leader with 206 games played and games started. She also is atop the all-time list in at bats and runs batted in with 649 and 143, respectively. She ranks second with 213 career hits and 25 home runs.