Franklin County’s softball coach steps down

Published 2:30 am Sunday, May 25, 2014

After 10-years at the helm of the Franklin High Softball program, Dana Smith has resigned from her post.



Smith, who compiled a record of 310-153 in ten seasons as head fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball coach will no longer coach the team.

“After weighing my options, due to multiple circumstances that included my family and values, I’ve decided not to renew my contract as head softball coach at Franklin County High School,” said Smith. “I will stay on as a teacher at Franklin Middle School and continue serving the Franklin County School District.”

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The Lady Bulldogs went 14-9 this season, making it to the third round of the MHSAA Class 3A State Playoffs.

“Resigning is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” said Smith. “I’ve really enjoyed coaching these girls. It’s been a major part of my life for a long time.

Mickey Smith, husband of Dana, was terminated as a paraprofessional prior to Smith’s resignation as head softball coach.

Dana Smith led FC to nine district titles and 18-playoff berths combined in fast-pitch and slow-pitch during her 10-years at the helm of the FC Softball program. Including 14 college signees.

During the past 6 years Smith has operated a summer youth program for the younger girls of Franklin County to participate in. It has served as a beginner program as well as a feeder program for girls’ softball.

Over the last six years, the youth softball league she developed at Franklin County has had 14-girls sign softball scholarships.