Playing a high school sport not only encourages teamwork, but also it helps players gain confidence, leadership skills and a feeling of family.
Matt Smith knows all about that.
For the past 29 years, he has been the head baseball coach and athletic director at Saint Mark’s High School, teaching his players not only how to win championships but go above and beyond in their lives.
“I started at Saint Mark’s in 1992,” says Smith. “I started coaching at the freshman level, moved to junior varsity the next year, and became head coach in 1998. I was following in the footsteps of an iconic coach in Coach Tom Lemon.”
His baseball coaching career is what caught the eye of MaxPreps—a division of CBS Sports that covers all high school sports across the nation—which named him Delaware’s Greatest Baseball Coach of All-Time.
Since the start of his career at Saint Mark’s 29 years ago, Smith has had nine players drafted into the MLB and a former player pitch in the Phillies minor league system. He has 383 career wins and will soon be closing in on the all-time wins record in Delaware.
“I feel fortunate to have won 10 State Championships in 23 years at the varsity level,” he adds. “This accolade is more about the talented players and coaches I have had the fortune to work with over the years.”
Smith’s career at Saint Mark’s brings him not only great notoriety, but it’s where his career began and where he has raised his children. His daughter graduated from the high school in 2019 and his son is currently a sophomore.
“I am so thankful that Saint Mark’s gave me the opportunity to become the head coach back in 1998,” Smith says. “It has been my privilege and honor to represent Saint Mark’s.”