Beverly Smith

South Carolina has seen its star rise again in the collegiate softball world, and head coach Beverly Smith has guided that process since arriving in 2010.

She oversees all aspects of the program and works most closely on the field with the pitchers. As a head coach, Smith’s overall record is 278-196, becoming only the second Gamecock softball coach with over 200 career wins.

From 2013-19, Smith has guided the Gamecocks to a program record seven-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Gamecocks have competed in the regional championship four-consecutive seasons (also a program record), while the 2018 team reached the program’s second-ever super regional. The Gamecocks finished the 2018 season with an impressive 49-17 (15-9 SEC) mark on their way to a third-place finish in the SEC, their best finish since placing second in the SEC East in 2003. Carolina used the momentum from a strong conference campaign in the SEC Tournament on its way to the program’s first Tournament Championship appearance since 2001. The 49 overall wins were the most since 1999, while the 15 conference wins were the most since winning 18 in 2003. In the polls Carolina finished 11th, its highest final ranking since 1997 and the second-best finish in school history. In total, the Gamecocks broke four season records as a team (home runs, RBI, HBP, fielding percentage and double plays turned) while Jana Johns broke three individual season records (HBP, assists at third and fielding percentage at third). For the first time since 1997, Carolina had five players receive All-SEC honors (Kenzi Maguire, Mackenzie Boesel, Alyssa VanDerveer, Johns and Kelsey Oh). With national recognition, the Gamecocks had three players named to All-Region Teams (Maguire, Boesel and VanDerveer) for the first time since 1999. In the classroom, Boesel became the 10thGamecock in program history (second under Smith) to take Academic All-America honors.

Over the course of the past seven years, the team has improved its final RPI from the NCAA from No. 37 in 2013 to No. 9 in 2018. During the past nine seasons the program’s offense has posted some of its strongest seasons during Smith’s tenure, setting 28 team program records. In the per-game team records, Smith’s group holds eight of the 16 tracked. Gamecock pitching has improved markedly during that same tenure. From 2013-15, Smith’s staff improved its strikeout-to-walk ratio in each season, while the 2016 and 2017 groups posted the program’s first earned-run average under 3.00 since 2008 (2.82 in 2016, 2.96 in 2017).