Head Coach Adam Smith
Smith, who enters his third year at Benedictine in 2017-18, took over at Benedictine for the 2016 season after a highly successful run as the head coach at Concordia University Chicago from 2011-2015. Smith guided the program to unprecedented heights with a winning percentage that led the nation in 2013 and finished second in 2014 with identical marks of .848 following 39-7 seasons. With a career record of 223-91, Smith owns a career winning percentage of .710.
The first victory of the 2017 season marked the 200th career win for Smith, who has been a head coach for seven years. A shortened 14-3 seven-inning win at Webster, who reached the NCAA Regionals, made Smith one of the fastest coaches in the nation to reach 200 wins.
Benedictine again reached the conference tournament in 2017, notching a 24-18 overall record. The team made an appearance in the regional rankings and owned several key wins over regionally ranked opponents. Frank Greco was tabbed as the conference pitcher of the year and earned first team all-conference along with Tanner Kiser. Erik Callaghan earned a second team slot while Jack Feeley and Jimmy McLaughlin each picked up all-freshman honors.
In Smith's first season at the helm, Benedictine posted a 20-20 overall record and finished second in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference with a 13-7 record in conference play. Frank Greco was selected to the All-Freshman team, first team All-Conference and was named the "Freshman of the Year". Tanner Kiser, Nick Severino and Joe Palasiewicz all earned second team All-Conference honors. Benedictine produced a 12-1 victory over fifth-ranked UW-La Crosse during the year.
Smith's programs regularly made waves on the national level while re-writing the record books, appearing in the national rankings consistently while winning four NACC championships (2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015). Smith won nearly 200 games while advancing to four consecutive NCAA Regionals (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). His 2014 team earned the #3 national ranking in the D3baseball.com poll for two weeks, garnering a pair of first place votes.
A three-time NACC Coach of the Year (2011, 2013, and 2014), Smith opened his coaching career at his alma mater, Carthage College, spending seven years as an assistant.
The Schaumburg, Ill. native was part of six regional berths at Carthage and a pair of College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2004 while also competing in two World Series as a player in 1995 and 1997. Throughout his career as a coach, Smith has helped steer teams to 11 NCAA appearances.
Smith resides in Lisle with his wife, Kelly, and three children, Elle (10), Sydney (8) and Mac (3).