Holmes Community College Head Baseball Coach Kenny Dupont announced this week that one of his former players, Ryne Smith, has returned to Holmes as assistant coach.
Smith, who hails from Madison, is a Madison Central High School graduate. He played two seasons in Goodman before transferring to the University of West Alabama.
While at Holmes in 2009 and 2010, the Bulldogs made postseason appearances. As a freshman, Smith started all 57 games hitting .354 with 15 doubles, one homerun with 26 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He also had five saves on the mound. The Bulldogs finished second in the MACJC State Tournament and second in the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament that season.
As a sophomore, he started 51 games hitting seven doubles, two homeruns with 35 RBI and 17 stolen bases. The Bulldogs made an appearance in the MACJC State Tournament. He holds an associate of arts degree from Holmes.
After Holmes, he played both baseball and football at West Alabama. He saw his most action on the football field. In 2011, he was 11-of-13 on field goals and 46-of-46 on extra points and was named First Team All Gulf South Conference and Second Team All-Region. As a senior, he was 16-of-17 on field goals and 50-of-53 on extra points when West Alabama won the Gulf South Conference title. He set school records for consecutive extra points (80), field goals made in a season, consecutive field goals made and field goal percentage in a career. He also set a Division II record for consecutive field goals made at 24.
Smith graduated from West Alabama with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in physical education and is currently working on a master's degree in physical education from West Alabama.
During the 2013 season, Smith served as a graduate assistant working with the special teams and video coordinator at West Alabama. The 2013 West Alabama team won the Gulf South Conference championship. Then in 2014, he became a graduate assistant at the University of West Georgia. The 2014 team played in the Division II national semifinals.
From 2015-2017, he returned to West Alabama as director of football operations, where he coached specialists, video coordinator, equipment manager, social media and assistant recruiting coordinator. The 2017 team won the Gulf South Conference title and made the Division II quarterfinals. He coached three All-Americans and multiple all-conference and all-region performers.
From 2008-17, he has coached summer baseball at Madison Central and Germantown High School.