CHARLESTON, S.C. – Citadel rifle head coach William Smith has spent 21 years at the helm of the Bulldogs' program, bringing it back from a club sport to the NCAA Division I varsity level and working diligently to build it into a competitive program. Saturday night, Smith was recognized for his hard work by being named the 2017-18 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Co-Coach of the Year at a banquet the CRCA held in conjunction with the NRA at The Citadel's Riverview Room Saturday night.
Earning the award means 35 of Coach Smith's peers and colleagues from all three collegiate levels (NCAA Division I, II, III) recognized the hard work Smith put into his program, not just this season, but over his entire 21-year career. Ole Miss head coach Marsha Beasley was the other co-winner of the award as voted on by the coaches.
The award is the second Coach of the Year award this season for Smith as he was also named the 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year at the SoCon Rifle Championships held at the Inouye Marksmanship Center Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4. Smith was named the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year.
Smith was the driving force behind bringing the 2018 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships to The Citadel and he worked tirelessly since it was announced the event would be held in McAlister Field House to put on the best show possible. The championships went off without a hitch and No. 4 Kentucky knocked off five-time defending national champion West Virginia Sunday to claim the program's second national championship in rifle.