Stephenville’s new head softball coach Parker Smith weighed a hefty decision this month as the Early native had the choice of remaining a record-setting college player at Eastern New Mexico University or taking over the reins of the Honeybee program for the 2021 season.
Smith is graduating from ENMU in December and still has a year of eligibility to continue a catching career where she made 57 starts and 87 appearances. Parker is the co-owner of the most hits (5-5) in a single-game record and helped lead ENMU to a second-place conference finish last season.
The future Magna Cum Laude graduate was already working in her hometown for the Early ISD as a technology instructor when the Stephenville job became available.
Smith earned the LSC’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll award as ENMU had the second-highest team GPA in the nation in 2019. Smith is also an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete.
Athletic Director Jerod Womack expressed his pleasure about Smith joining the Stephenville coaching staff.
“We are very excited to have Parker Smith lead our Softball team moving forward. She has a great desire to coach and lead our student-athletes at SISD,” Womack said. “Because of Covid-19, Coach Smith could have returned to play another season at ENMU, but she is ready to start her coaching career in Stephenville. We are very excited to have her lead our young ladies as the head Softball Coach.”
Smith is expected to begin her duties in January and will have to hit the ground running with high school softball starting January 15 with practice. The earliest schools will be allowed to scrimmage against other schools will be January 30.