BOONE — Appalachian State’s head baseball coach Kermit Smith has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2023 season, App State Athletic Director Doug Gillin announced July 10.
The extension was approved by Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State Board of Trustees.
In 2019, Smith completed his third season as head coach of the Mountaineers, who set a program record with 13 victories in Sun Belt Conference play and won 22 games overall despite having three in-state nonconference road or neutral site games canceled.
App State started 11-9 in league play and was a half-game out of first place in the Sun Belt’s East Division before finishing 13-16 and earning its first Sun Belt Championship tournament appearance.
“I can still remember doing our team photoshoot my first year in the spring of 2017 — it was the first time that I had the honor of putting the Appalachian State University baseball uniform on,” Smith said in a statement. “I can remember the sincere sense of pride that I felt wearing that ‘A’ for the first time. I can honestly say that I haven’t taken that for granted for one day that I’ve had the opportunity to represent this University and athletic department.
The Mountaineers have played 89 conference games since Smith arrived in Boone, and they’ve gone 21-23 in the second half of his tenure after totaling nine wins in the first 45 league games. There are 31 conferences in Division I baseball, and the Sun Belt has been a top-10 league in each of Smith’s three seasons, ranking as high as No. 8 in 2018.
“We are pleased to have Kermit continue to lead our baseball program,” Gillin said in a statement. “There has been steady progress under his leadership, including the team’s first tournament appearance in one of the nation’s top baseball conferences last season. In the community and the classroom, Kermit and his staff are bringing in quality student-athletes. We have high expectations for our baseball program, and the future is bright at Appalachian.”
With 32 of the 36 players on App State’s 2019 roster entering their first or second years in the program, the team posted a road win against eventual NCAA Regional No. 2 seed FAU, a three-game home sweep of then-first-place Texas-Arlington, a 2-0 home weekend against Louisiana-Monroe and a road series victory against Louisiana. Appalachian clinched its first conference tournament berth since 2014 with an 18-6 road win at Coastal Carolina, which received the league’s automatic NCAA bid.