Jamie Smyth was named as the Saint Joseph's College Head Softball Coach prior to the 1998 season and has guided the Monks to 12 winning seasons in 15 years at the helm. During his tenure, St. Joe's has captured six conference titles, two regional championships and appearances in the NCAA and NAIA National Tournaments.
Coach Smyth helped lift the SJC softball program to another level in 2011, as the Monks went 37-10, won the GNAC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in team history last spring. As the #2 seed for the third straight year, St. Joe's defeated Rivier to collect the program's first GNAC title in four years as a league member and advanced to the NCAA Providence Regional. While there, the Royal Blue bested #3 Endicott and #2 Coast Guard before bowing out with two hardfought losses. Coach Smyth, the winningest skipper in team history, notched the 300th win of his career with a victory over Rivier at Richard W. Bailey Field on April 9th.
2010 truly was a banner year for the St. Joe's Softball program. The Monks posted a 30-10 record, including a 21-3 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play, and broke the program-record for consecutive victories with a 23-game streak that captured plenty of attention in the local media. "The Streak" tied the longest mark in SJC Athletics history and included 20 conference victories. The Monks earned the #2 seed in the GNAC Tournament for the second year in a row and Coach Smyth was recognized for his efforts with the 2010 GNAC Coach of the Year honor, the sixth yearly accolade of his esteemed career.
Under Smyth's watch in 2009, the Monks went 29-14 overall and 18-6 in GNAC play en route to conference championship and ECAC Tournament appearances. With an 8-0 win over Emmanuel on April 15th, Smyth became the winningest coach in program history, surpassing Dick Bailey, one of the finest coaches in SJC Athletics history and a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, with 245 victories.
Smyth has guided the Monks to nine 20-win seasons, including a 26-win season in 2008 when the Lady Monks earned the program's first-ever ECAC Tournament berth. Smyth led the Royal Blue to a 19-7 conference tilt in the team's first season as a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in 2008, which placed the squad third overall in the regular season standings.
In 1999, the Lady Monks finished with a 30-12 record and a 9-1
record in the Maine Athletic Conference. St. Joe's won the MAC
tournament championship, the Northeast Regional Championship, and
advanced to the NAIA National Tournament held in West Palm Beach,
Florida. For his efforts, Smyth was named MAC Coach of the year in
1999, as well as being selected Coach of the Year by the Maine
Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association. Smyth also won the
Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards in 2000 and 2002
Prior to taking over as head coach in 1998, Smyth served as an assistant coach at St. Joe's in 1994-1995 for softball "fixture" Dick Bailey. Smyth also assisted his brother Curt in 1997, helping the Monks to a 30-7 record that year. He has also done stints as an assistant coach at Westbrook College and Windham High School.
As a college baseball player, Smyth played on four consecutive New England Championship baseball teams at Saint Joseph's College. In addition, he was a member of the first and only Saint Joseph's golf team to ever qualify for the NAIA National Golf Championship in 1991.
Smyth earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from St. Joe's in 1992 and, during his senior year, spent his fall semester performing an internship at the White House in Washington D.C.
In addition to his coaching duties, Smyth is currently a full-time employee of the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier and has served as the head golf coach at Saint Joseph's since the 2004 season.
A native of Gorham, Maine, Smyth, his wife, Susan, daughters Hannah and Sarah, and son Ryan, reside in Windham.
|1999||30||12||.714||NAIA Northeast Champion|
|2001||25||16||.610||NAIA New England Champion|
|2002||27||18||.600||NAIA New England Champion|
|2006||24||17||.585||DIII Independents Northeast Champions|
|* NCAA Tournament appearance|