Dec. 20, 2013
Smith replaced K.J. Hendricks on Thomas' staff. Hendricks recently took a scouting position with the Milwaukee Brewers.
"First of all, I would like to thank K.J. Hendricks for all he has done for our program both as a player and as a coach," Thomas said. "He will do a great job for the Milwaukee Brewers.
"I am excited to have Fuller back as a full-time assistant. He has played and coached for one of the top coaches in America in Mike Bianco at Ole Miss. I know about Fuller's work ethic and loyalty, and can't wait for him to help elevate our program in the future."
Smith spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ole Miss after two seasons as the director of baseball operations. Smith joined Ole Miss prior to the 2011 season after being a volunteer assistant at UT Arlington for the 2010 season.
At UT Arlington, Smith served primarily as the team's first-base coach, hitting instructor and outfield coach. Smith helped the Mavericks to a school record 19 conference wins in 2010, and also helped in the development of outfielders Michael Choice and Preston Beck.
Choice earned several accolades that season, including First Team College All-America honors, Southland Conference Player of the Year honors and was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Buck was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to return to UT Arlington," Smith said. "I was able to work here in 2010 with guys like Michael Choice and Preston Beck, and alongside Coach Thomas and Jay Sirianni. It's great to get back to the DFW area, and this is an exciting time for the program with the new facilities we have coming on board. It's a great time to be a Maverick."
Smith joined the UT Arlington baseball coaching staff after completing his collegiate playing career at Ole Miss. He was a model of consistency at the plate during his senior season (2008) batting .332 (69-for-208) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI. He was second on the Rebels in batting and ranked among team leaders with a .500 slugging percentage, .414 on-base percentage and was solid in the outfield committing only one error on the season.
Smith married the former Whitney Ryon on June 28, 2008.
"I know that he will be a big asset in both recruiting as well as working with our players," Thomas said. "I couldn't be more happy to have both him and Whitney back with us in Arlington."
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