After an eight-year hiatus, the sport of softball has returned to the Olympic programme. In preparation for Canada’s showing in 2020, Softball Canada has selected Mark Smith as High Performance Director / Head Coach. Under Mark’s leadership, the Canadian women's national softball team is currently ranked third in the world and, over the next four years, their goal is to be #1.
Mark is no stranger to international competition. During an impressive 25-year playing career he was considered one of the best softball pitchers in the world. He represented Canada internationally as a member of Softball Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team from 1979 to 1994 and has been inducted to Softball Canada Hall of Fame, the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame and the American Softball Hall of Fame (ISC). After completing his playing career, he was voted among Nova Scotia’s top ten male athletes of the twentieth century and turned his focus to coaching. He coached within the Men’s National Team program from 1996-2009, and has been the Head Coach of the Women’s National Team program since 2009.
In 2002, Mark was recruited by Sport Nova Scotia in the role of Director, Sport Development. In this role Mark was instrumental in launching ground-breaking programs such as the After School Physical Activity Program and the Youth Leadership Program. Both of these were pivotal in shaping significant elements of sport development today, including multisport, physical literacy and sport for development. In 2011, Mark’s role shifted to Director of Coaching. As a role model for coaches across the region, his legacy includes, among other things, reviving the Atlantic Coaching Conference and mentoring many coaches across the province.
Mark begins his new full-time gig on March 6th but will maintain Falmouth as his home base and plans to connect regularly with both CSCA and Sport NS.