Garrett Smith completed his third full year at the helm and helped Dallas Athletics achieve its first ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship on April 22-23 at Vaalar Creek Golf Club in Blanco, Texas. It was the first conference title for the men's golf program as well, who had never finished higher than fourth in the SCAC (2018). Smith was named the 2019 SCAC Coach of the Year after the team's first conference championship. Emilio Montalvo and Erik Hamm tied for second and claimed First Team All-SCAC, while Jacob Wade claimed Second Tam All-SCAC and tied sixth in the historic win.
The previous week before conference, Dallas finished second at the Rhodes Collegiate Spring Classic in a field of 16 teams that featured the Crusaders defeating three teams ranked higher than them nationally. Dallas set a low three round record with an 858 at that tournament, and Montalvo broke his own record of a low three round with a score of 210.
Under Smith's tutelage, Montalvo holds a pair of individual tournament records (Low Two Rounds and Low Three Rounds) from 2019 and set the Individual Season Record for Low Average (73.69). He just missed qualifying for nationals as an individual, earned multiple SCAC Golfer of the Weeks, and sank the winning putt to lift the Crusaders to the conference title.
It was another season of progress for a Crusaders team that challenged in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Championship with their best result since joining the league. Low Round totals for one, two, and three runs were achieved by both individuals and the team during consecutive seasons. The Low Average score of 305.2 for 27 rounds surpassed the previous all-time best set during Smith's first whole season.
With the men's team, Smith is 107-120 in matchups with other teams in tournaments which is the most wins in the program. The next highest is 61.
Smith was named the ninth head coach for the University of Dallas men's golf program in March, 2016. He also coaches the women's golf team, which had its first member compete as a member of the program affiliated with NCAA Division III during the 2018-19 season. Smith continues recruiting to build the young program up and projects a full roster in 2019-20.
Robby Evans and Robert Bross picked up individual titles in the fall portion of 2017-18. Evans delivered an impressive 65 in the second round to claim first at the Trinity University hosted Alamo City Classic. That last round score broke the Low Round and helped guide Evans to a Low Two Rounds score.
Dallas picked up two team wins in the fall over Hendrix College at Luna Vista.
In 2017-18, Smith coached a trio of Crusaders that notched SCAC All-Conference Honors and SCAC Academic Honor Roll. Team MVP Jacob Wade took All-SCAC First Team, while Will Doctor and Evans notched conference honors in their freshmen season. Bross, Matthew Nickel, and Thomas Schuberg were the academic notables.
During his first complete season, the team broke the Team Low Average Season Record, Low Round on two occassions, and Low Two Rounds. Under Smith's tutelage, Erik Hamm notched all-conference for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and Thomas Schuberg was named SCAC Golfer of the week on three occassions. He won a pair of individual tournaments, while Hamm prevailed in the other as three Hendrix Duals had UD players winning this year.
Smith resides locally in Grand Prairie, Texas. Since 2015, Smith has served at The Clubs of Prestonwood as an Assistant Golf Professional.
From 2012-15, Smith worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at Thorntree Country Club in Desoto, Texas.
Smith has played professionally on the links. He worked up to a +4 USGA Handicap Index, and did play professionally in Adams Pro Golf Tour, web.com and PGA tour events.
Smith did earn his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Cameron University and graduated in 2012. While at Cameron, Smith played and lettered four years in golf. He was a member of the Lone Star Conference Championship Team, and a two-time participant in the Division II National Championships.