DOTHAN, AL -- The Providence Christian Baseball Team has a new head coach. The school on Monday announced the hiring of Casey Smith to replace Nick Collins, who was fired following the 2013 season.
Smith starred at Cottonwood High School, before going on to L.B. Wallace and eventually Troy University. The Anaheim Angels drafted Smith in 2001, and he went on to play seven seasons of minor league baseball, and one season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Now, Smith is returning to the Wiregrass to coach one of his alma maters biggest rivals.
“I am very happy to be moving back to Dothan,” said Smith. “I am excited about being a part of Providence Christian School and its mission.”
The Eagles have been searching for a head coach since dismissing Collins in May. He coached Providence for two seasons, leading the Eagles to a 30-27 record and two playoff appearances.
After nearly a month of searching, the Eagles finally chose Smith.
“We are excited to get someone with Casey’s playing and coaching experience,” said Emory Latta, Head of School. “He is a great fit for our school and will be a great addition to the Providence family.”
Smith will join Providence in August as Varsity Baseball Coach and full-time teacher. He spent this past season as the head coach at Montgomery Academy.