South Bend Adams High School Coach, 1971 – 80 / 1996 – 2000
Steve Smith began his coaching career as an assistant at South Bend Jackson High School in 1969. From 1971 until 1980, he served as head coach at South Bend Adams High School where his teams earned state runner-up finishes in 1974 and 1977. The South Bend Adams 200 yard Medley Relay team set a state record in 1976 and Coach Smith helped produce 16 other individual championship finishes. Steve served as the South Bend Riley assistant coach in 1996 and was the 1997-2000 South Bend Riley head girls coach. He recently served as interim girls coach at Riley in the spring of 2006. Individually, Steve has been recognized by his peers several times, including 1974 IHSSCA State Coach of the Year honors, the 1987 IHSSCA Service Award, and several sectional Coach of the Year awards. Steve also gave back to his profession by serving two terms as IHSSCA President. Since retiring from coaching, Steve has continued to teach in South Bend. He is now in his 38th year, and rapidly approaching retirement. In 1983 he began competing in triathlons in his spare time. He has finished nine iron man events in Hawaii, and one in Canada. Steve has also participated as a United States Representative, and twice participated in the World Championships in Manchester, England, and Honolulu. Steve plans to compete in the 2007 championships in Hamburg, Germany and the World Iron Man Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He has won nine national titles and was selected as the US Masters Triathlete of the Year in 2004. He is currently the number one ranked triathlete in the 55-59 age group, an honor he also held in 2004 and 2005. Steve and his wife Roxie have been married for 38 years, and they have three children and two grandsons.