Lower Columbia's Eddie Smith named ABCA Pacific Division Baseball Coach of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2015 ABCA/Diamond National Coaches of the Year have been announced in all college and high school divisions. The 11 honorees will be presented during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the 72nd ABCA Convention on Jan. 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lower Columbia head coach Eddie Smith joins one of his mentors on the list. Coach Smith was on the staff of the Virginia Cavaliers under Brian O'Connor when the Cavs went to the College World Series in 2009 and 2011.
NCAA Div. I: Brian O'Connor, Virginia
NCAA Div. II: Joe Urso, Tampa
NCAA Div. III: Joe Brown, SUNY Cortland
NAIA: Jeremiah Robbins, Lewis-Clark State (ID)
NJCAA Div. I: Doug Martin, Northwest Florida State
NJCAA Div. II: Jeff Willis, LSU Eunice (LA)
NJCAA Div. III: Doug Wren, Tyler JC (TX)
Pacific Association Division: Eddie Smith, Lower Columbia (WA)
High School Div. I: Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota High (FL)
High School Div. II: Brian Chapman, Millburn High (NJ)
High School Div. III: Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (MN)
Website Release (includes ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year):
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College (NJCAA and Pacific Association Division), High School and Youth.
The 2016 ABCA Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.