Fuller Smith is entering his first season on the Bearkat coaching staff after spending six seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UT Arlington.
With the Mavs, Smith oversaw development of the UTA hitters and outfielders in addition to significant recruiting duties. Since rejoining the program in 2014, Smith helped UTA produce eight all-Sun Belt Conference hitters with six more being selected in the MLB Draft.
Smith was a vital component in the Mavericks' fifth 30-win season in nine years in 2016, directing the Maverick offense to a .288 team batting average, second best in the Sun Belt Conference. Under his watch UTA saw four hitters earn all-SBC honors, including Darien McLemore and Brady Cox taking first team all-league and all-region honors.
In 2015 he was also able to work closely with seniors Travis Sibley and Levi Scott, two of UT Arlington’s best bats that both received Sun Belt All-Conference honors. Sibley was a 2015 College Sports Madness Sun Belt All-Conference second-team selection while Scott was named to the SBC All-Tournament team.
He made an immediate impact to the offense in 2014, directing the UTA offense to a .296 average, which was second in the league and the team's highest mark since 2009. That season's Mavs also cranked out 48 home runs and 125 doubles, which rank fifth and second in UTA history.
He returned to Ole Miss for the 2011 season and spent the next two years serving as Director of Baseball Operations, overseeing day-to-day operations and all Nike and Easton contracts with Rebels. He transitioned into a volunteer role coaching the Rebel outfielders in 2013, also assisting with hitting duties. There he helped over see the development of MLB draftee Austin Busfield and Houston Astros' free agent signee Tanner Mathis.
During his first stint at UT Arlington, Smith served primarily as the team's first-base coach, hitting instructor and outfield coach. Smith helped the Mavericks to a school record 19 conference wins in 2010, and also helped in the development of outfielders Michael Choice and Preston Beck.
Choice earned several accolades that season, including First Team College All-America honors, Southland Conference Player of the Year honors and was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Beck was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
Smith originally joined the UT Arlington baseball coaching staff in 2010 after completing his collegiate playing career at Ole Miss. He was a model of consistency at the plate during his senior season (2008) batting .332 (69-for-208) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI. He was second on the Rebels in batting and ranked among team leaders with a .500 slugging percentage, .414 on-base percentage and was solid in the outfield committing only one error on the season.