ARLINGTON, Texas - Fuller Smith enters his second season as an assistant coach at UT Arlington. Smith previously spent time with the Mavericks as a volunteer assistant in 2010 where he served primarily as the team's first-base coach, hitting instructor and outfield coach. Prior to becoming the assistant coach at UTA, Smith spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ole Miss after two seasons as the director of baseball operations. Smith competed collegiately at Ole Miss where he hit .332 with 39 runs scored 14 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI in his senior season.
What made you decide to come to UTA?
The chance to coach and compete at a very high level. I left Ole Miss who is a national championship contender year in and out to come help coach Thomas take UTA to the next level.
What are your responsibilities at UTA?
I handle the recruiting as well as hitters and outfielders.
What are you looking forward to most about this season?
Looking forward to seeing our guys compete day in and day out!
Favorite part about facility upgrades?
Really looking forward to our guys having a locker room where they can hang out and gel as a team. This team is very close already but I believe this will enhance that as well.
Favorite part about coaching at UTA?
Working with these great players and staff.
How your stops along the way prepared you for this job?
I coached here in 2010 and was able to understand and learn what coach Thomas liked. While at Ole Miss I handled a variety of tasks from budget, contracts, oncampus recruiting, camps, etc. My time there prepared me for what I do here at UTA.
Favorite MLB Team?
The ones that our guys play for!
Favorite baseball memory when playing?
Winning the regional at Ole Miss in 2007.
Favorite baseball memory when coaching?
Playing for the conference championship last year against Louisiana Lafayette.
Biggest thing you have learned as a coach?
Players don't care what you have to say until they know you care! We are here because of them. I think a lot of coaches lose sight of that along the way!
How did you first get involved in baseball?
Tee ball at five years old. I didn't want to play but my parents made me and loved it ever since!
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