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Alissa Smith Joins the Port Orange Lady Panthers!

By Shane Bartholomew, 08/17/17, 9:00PM EDT

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Welcome Coach Smith of Daytona State

Coach Smith of Daytona State Joins the Port Orange Lady Panthers!! 

Every softball player in the area and beyond knows and loves Coach Alissa Smith.  We couldn't be more thrilled to officially welcome her as part of our Lady Panther organization.  Alissa will be coaching alongside Coach Nick Yeary & Coach Matt Shields with our 04' Lady Panthers team.  Alissa brings extensive knowledge of the game and a genuine passion for this amazing sport.  Alissa provides world class hitting instruction, she avails herself constantly to helping young ladies achieve a peak state of play.  

This is in her fourth season as assistant coach at Daytona State College. She came to Daytona State College after a 10 year stint of coaching at the Division I level. Alissa served as an assistant coach at Bethune Cookman University from 1999 - 2005, and then served as the assistant at The University of Maryland from 2005 – 2009. Alissa's responsibilities include working with the Daytona State offense, working with the infield, recruiting and overseeing of camps and clinics.

Smith's coaching accomplishments include:

1.) At B-CC, Smith helped lead the Wildcats to five straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships from 1999-2004 with corresponding NCAA regional appearances.

2.) In 2005, the team also won the NCAA Regional at Gainesville, Fla., and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. B-CC won 49 games and finished No. 18 in the final Top 25 poll of the season.

3.) The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) awarded South Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005.

Smith's collegiate career began at Daytona Beach Community College, where she played her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning her team's Gold Glove Award her second year. Smith then transferred to Florida A&M University, where she received her degree in psychology. While at Florida A&M University she played second base and shortstop and helped lead the Rattlers claim a MEAC title her senior season. Smith earned her team's defensive player of the year award that year.

Smith worked as a pharmacy technician in Orlando for two years before joining Bethune-Cookman's coaching staff as an assistant. Smith also received a degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.   Welcome Alissa!