Mike Smith Steps Down As Ole Miss Softball Coach
For the first time, prior to the start of the 2015 season, Ole Miss is looking for a new head softball coach.
Mike Smith has resigned as head coach of the Rebels after the former head coach at McNeese St. was recently suspended for the second time in less than a year.
Smith was placed on administrative leave in November, pending what was described as a non-financial, external audit of the program.
Smith was suspended prior to the start of the 2019 season, before returning to coach Ole Miss for the remainder of the year. At the time, a university release described that suspension as being, “for not meeting the university's expectations for operating the program”.
There is no word on whether or not the last suspension has anything to do with Smith's suspension last February.
Smith was the Rebels’ head coach for the last five seasons, guiding the program to four NCAA tournament appearances, as well as two Super Regional berths.
Last season, Smith helped Ole Miss to an overall record of 41-20, and a berth in an NCAA Super Regional, after defeating the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in the championship round of the Oxford, Mississippi Regional.
During his tenure as Rebels’ head coach, Smith compiled an overall record of 186-114, including the 2017 SEC tournament title.
Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Smith coached at McNeese St., guiding the Cowgirls to an overall record of 112-53 and two first-place finishes in the Southland Conference.