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Bio

Michele Smith

6800 Gulfport Blvd S, Ste 201 #700, St Petersburg, FL 33707

Phone: (727) 363-1615

 

EDUCATION

Bachelors of Science in Health & Wellness (1990)

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, OK

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Michele Smith Fastpitch, Inc.President (1998 – present)
    • Conducting coach and player clinics throughout the U.S.
    • Motivational speaking for companies and local community organizations - topics include Women in Leadership, Perseverance, Sports Training, and TeamBuilding.
    • Authoring and producing educational videos & books on softball pitching, hitting, and training.
    • Consulting
      • Sports associations – program development, increasing participation, coaching techniques, training programs
      • Performance gear designing and product testing
  • Musco Sports Lighting – Marketing for Special Programs (1996 – present)
    • Building special projects in communities around the World.
  • PSR Properties, LLC – Co Owner (2003 – present)
    • Real estate Investment Company focusing on restoration of homes.
  • International Softball Federation (ISF) (2005 – 2009)
    • U.S. player representative to ISF delegation regarding reinstatement of Olympic softball.
    • Chair of the Athletes Ambassadors Committee for the Back Softball Campaign.
  • ESPN Lead Color Analyst for Women’s College Softball (1998 – present)
  • NBC Olympic Analyst for the Beijing Olympic Games (2008)
  • TBS MLB Dodgers vs Braves 1st Female Analyst to ever call a game (2012)
  • CBS Sports Network Analyst for youth events (2007 – present)
  • Toyota Shokki Company (1993 – 2008)
    • Special marketing promotion appearances.
    • Representative of Toyota Shokki Women’s Professional Fastpitch Team.

 

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

  • 3N2 Sports - Orlando, FL (2009 – present)
  • Rip-It Sports – Orlando, FL (2008 – present)
  • Musco Sports Lighting – Oskaloosa, IA (1996 – present)
  • JUGS Sports, Inc. – Portland, OR (1996 – present)
  • Nike – Portland, OR (1996 – 2004)
  • Worth Sports – St. Louis, MO (1994 – 2007)

 

SPORTS EXPERIENCE

  • U.S. Olympic Softball Team (1996 and 2000)
    • Starting pitcher for gold medal winning U.S. team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
  • U.S. National Softball Team (1992 - 2002)
    • Two Olympic gold medals (1996 & 2000)
    • Three gold medals in World Championships (1994, 1998, 2002)
    • Two gold medals in Pan American Games (1995 & 1999)
  • Japan Pro Softball League (1993- 2008)
    • 8 time MVP
    • 8 time Japan League championships with Toyota Shokki
  • Women’s Major ASA Fastpitch
    • 10 time All American
    • 4 time Bertha Tickey Award for most outstanding pitcher
    • 3 consecutive national championships (Redding Rebels 1993 – 1995)
  • Oklahoma State University (1985 – 1990)
    • 82-20 record – holds OSU career wins record
    • ERA .75
    • .343 batting average (15 HR and 87 RBIs)
    • Academic All-Big Eight (1989)
    • MVP of the Big Eight Tournament (1989)
  • Voorhees High School (1982 – 1985)
    • Three sport athlete: Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball
    • 46-6 record and selected to All-State Softball Team 3 years

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Clearwater Champion for Youth Award (honored 2014)
  • Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award (honored 2014)
  • Oklahoma State Univ. Alumni Hall of Fame (inducted 2011)
  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (inducted 2010)
  • ASA Softball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)
  • All American ASA Women’s Major Fastpitch (1989 – 1998)
  • NJSIAA/Bollinger High School Hall of Fame (inducted 1998)
  • Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame (Redding Rebels, CA - softball)
  • ASA Sportswoman of the Year (1990 & 1994)
  • United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sportswoman of the Year (1990 & 1994)

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Batters Up USA – Board Member (2009 – present)
    • Supplying equipment to communities wanting to establish recreational baseball/softball youth programs.
    • Coordinating equipment donation from sponsored sports equipment companies.
  • Athletes For Hearts – Board Member (2007 – present
    • A Non-profit organization providing financial assistance for families of children with heart disease.
    • Assisting with marketing and logistical organizing of annual softball tournament.
    • Philanthropic assistance with annual action, general operating fund and other fund raising events.
    • Hospital visitations to recipients of charity funding.
  • Little League International
    • Donation to Little League organizations within communities lacking equipment resources.
    • Participating in numerous “first pitch” ceremonies for opening day of parks or for special charity organizations being honored that day.
    • Providing autographed memorabilia to Little League organizations seeking merchandise for fund raising events.
    • Educating coaches through sponsored clinics.
  • Equipment donations
    • Aruba Government - aid in the development of softball.
    • Hurricane Katrina – replacement of softball equipment lost to MS High School.
    • International Softball Federation – educational materials and softball equipment used in “starter kits” - development aids available as part of an ongoing effort to help ISF member federations grow the sport of softball within their particular countries.
    • Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE) – providing women equipment to begin development of the sport of softball within their educational university.
  • White House and National Supported Initiatives

    • President Bill Clinton – Tobacco Awareness. Serving with Derek Jeter.
    • President George Bush – Game commissioner for girls tee ball game held on South Lawn of White House.
    • President Obama – participated as professional athlete representative for “Baby Goes Pro” at “Ready, Set, Go” Easter Egg Roll mirroring First Lady Michele Obama’s initiative “Let’s move” seeking to fight childhood obesity through activity and nutrition
  • Appearances
    • Relating to elementary age to college age students, through speaking engagements, how the character traits of determination, focus, work ethic, perseverance and passion can assist them through not only athletic endeavors but how they can also be used as life skills for success.
    • Congressional Lobbying

      • Women Sports Foundation – lobbying for support of Title IX.
      • Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association (SGMA) – lobbying for continued support of Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) and seeking support of Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT).
    • Women in Sports Days
      • Numerous speaking and appearances at events celebrating Women in Sports Month (Feb).
    • Clinics and Conferences – serving as professional athlete representative for sports related conferences, NRPA National Conference, and coaches clinics in the US. Softball clinician on pitching and other aspects of the game of fastpitch at National Fastpitch Coaches Association Conferences and other local and national softball coaches clinics.
  • International
    • General Tommy Franks Four Star Debate (2009 & 2010)
      • Debate camp for high school aged students around the world. The 2010 location is King’s Academy (Amman) in coordination with King Abdullah II of Jordan.
    • Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) (2009 & 2010)
      • Guest appearance at Al Ain and Abu Dhabi HCT for Women to provide sports instruction and leadership development to current students.
    • Festival of Thinkers (2009)
      • Invited by H.H. Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to serve as a panelist on Theme 6 – Future Roll of Models: Adventure in Adversity.
      • Conference organized by the Higher College of Technology, providing a platform to foster and celebrate thinking. Participants, including Nobel Laureates, from around the world come together and share their ideas and thoughts.
  • Middle East (2009 – present)
    • Meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed of the United Arabic Emirates concerning women's issues and opportunities for growth in softball and sport. 

    • Amman, Jordan - meeting with HRH Prince Feisal bin-Al Hussein, and his brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan. 
      • Prince Feisal co-member of Back Softball Task Force.
      • Spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan on his proactive involvement in today’s World and issues facing specifically women. Strong supporter of providing education and opportunity to children around the world to breakdown race and religious conflicts.
      • Guest appearance at King Abdullah’s 'King's Academy" Prep School.
    • Softball Back Campaign (2005 – 2009)
      • Four years of travel to Switzerland and other US locations as World Wide Softball Ambassador seeking to reinstate softball back into the Olympics through personal appearances at IOC events.
    • Japan (1993 – 2008)
      • Sixteen years of serving as a softball sports ambassador for Toyota Shokki. Various guest and event appearances. Served as clinician for player and coach’s clinics around Japan.

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