|Title:||Head Women's Golf Coach|
Casey Smith is entering his sixth season as the Women's Golf Coach for Birmingham-Southern. Smith has successfully led the Panthers through the transition from Division I to Division III, as his teams have won 12 team tournament titles under his direction during the past five seasons. The Panthers are looking forward to the 2012-13 season.
The 2011-12 season was a successful year for the Panthers. The Panthers finished the season ranked 17th nationally in the Golf World Coaches Poll. The team had a win in the Huntingdon match, followed by three second-places finishes at the Rhodes Tri-Match, the Chick-fil-a Berry College Fall Invitational, and also at the SCAC Championship. Team members Jennifer Commander, Rachele Struthers, Michelle Morris, and Kaleigh Toole made the All-SCAC Team.
The Panthers also excelled again in the classroom. Commander and Struthers were recognized as National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholars, and Commander, Struthers, Morris, Marissa Gacek, Jesse Lawley, Katie Skeeles, and Meredith Wollenman made the SCAC Academic Honor Roll.
The Panthers finished ranked 11th in the nation by Golfstat in 2010-11. The team also claimed one team win at the BSC Tri-Match, as well as runner-up finishes at the Rhodes Collegiate Classic and the prestigious Jekyll Island Invitational. The season also provided some strong individual play. Freshman Ellen Chun broke the BSC single-round scoring record at the 'Southern Shootout, scoring a 66 at Highland Park Golf Club. Chun was selected to the NGCA All-East Region Team, and was also named a BSC Co-Female Newcomer of the Year. She finished the year ranked fifth in the nation by Golfstat.
Smith's squad not only excels on the course, but in the classroom as well. The team had a grade point average of 3.38 for the 2010-11 academic year. Commander and Toole were selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team. This was Commander's second consecutive year to make the team. Both of these women, along with Morris, Gacek, and Skeeles, also made the SCAC Academic Honor Roll. Commander was also selected for the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
The 2009-10 season was also a success for the Panthers both on and off the course. BSC finished the 2009-10 season ranked fifth by Golfstat. The team claimed four team tournament titles, winning the Huntingdon Hawk Invitational, BSC Tri-Match, Rhodes Collegiate Classic, and Sewanee Fall Invitational.
Individually, Ashley Lovell won the Sewanee Fall Invitational and was selected to the NGCA Honorable Mention All-American Team and the All-East Region Team. Lovell was named BSC Co-Female Athlete of the Year.
Off the course during the 2009-10 season, the Panthers finished with a grade point average of 3.1. Commander was selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team as well as the SCAC Academic Honor Roll, along with teammates Lovell, Gaukhar Amandossova, Morris, and Gacek.
In 2008-09, the Panthers had a school record-breaking season, getting five team wins with victories at the ASU Fall Invitational, BSC Fall Invitational, Rhodes College Classic, Berry College-Stonebridge Invitational, and The UWG Invitational.
Individually during the 2008-09 campaign, Jordan Hardy had one of the most successful seasons for a Panther. She was named the BSC Female Athlete of the Year, and won the UWG Invitational and was Co-Champion at the ASU Invitational, where she shared the honors with teammate Kelley Burgess. Also in 2008-09, Amandossova won the Rhodes College Classic.
The Panthers finished with a grade point average of 3.2 in 2008-09, and Hardy was selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team for the second year in a row. Hardy, along with Brittany Henderson, Burgess, Lovell, and Amandossova, were all selected to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll.
In 2007-08 - Smith's first season at BSC - the Panthers finished with a win at the Montevallo Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational. Hardy also won the event individually. The team notched a grade point average of 3.2, and Hardy was selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team. Hardy, along with Henderson and Lovell, was also selected to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll.
Before coming to Birmingham-Southern, Smith was the Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Pelham High School from 2005-2007. In his second season at Pelham he coached the team to the playoffs with a 22-6 record. This was one of the most successful seasons in school history. Smith also served as the Boy's Golf Coach from 2004-2007, and was an assistant basketball coach from 2003-2005 and an assistant football coach for the 2003 season.
Smith currently teaches Physical Education in the Shelby County School System at Valley Intermediate School. He has taught Physical Education there since 2003.
In addition to his teaching and coaching experience, Smith is employed by Callaway Golf as a Demo Day Sales Representative. He has worked for Callaway Golf since 2005. Smith also had jobs in the golf business as an assistant golf professional at Anniston Country Club and at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes.
The Glencoe, Alabama, native graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2003, after attending Gadsden State Community College from 1998-2000, where he played two seasons on the men's golf team.