Softball Announces Return Of Heather Smith As Assistant Coach

Oct. 28, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State student-athlete and assistant coach Heather Smith has rejoined the Beaver softball program as an assistant coach announced head coach Kirk Walker recently.

Smith, who was the first recruit to sign a letter of intent to play for Walker at OSU, competed with the Beavers from 1995-99 and helped lead Oregon State to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999.

'We're very excited to have Heather rejoin our program and our family,' said Walker. 'She spent a long time here and was here through all of the building years and the struggling years and also at the beginning of the success.'

After graduating with a degree in nutrition and food management, Smith served as a member of the OSU coaching for three seasons from 2000-2002.

'Heather brings great experience at the Pac-10 level, great experience at this institution and has a knack for team chemistry and for meshing really well with my personality,' continued Walker. 'She joins us back now with a family. She has a one-year-old daughter Kiya and that's been a great thing for our team and our athletes have really relished the opportunity to spend a lot of time around her family and have her family become a part of our family.'

Smith's husband, Mikiah, also a graduate of Oregon State, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Beavers.

'Mikiah has already been able to make an impact with our hitters,' said Walker. 'His involvement, as well as Heather's, is going to help take our program to the next level.'

Smith fills the vacancy left on staff by former associate head coach Jenny Condon, who accepted a head coaching position at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in late August.

Current third-year assistant coach Crissy Buck has been promoted to the first assistant position.

'Crissy continues to make huge strides as a Division I coach and I feel very confident moving her into that first assistant position,' said Walker. 'She's taking on a lot more challenges and a lot more responsibility, and has been doing a great job.'

Oregon State's softball program has made six consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The Beavers return 12 players from last season's squad that finished one victory shy of reaching the Women's College World Series. OSU opens regular season action on February 6, 2005 against UC Santa Barbara.