Baseball - Director of Intramurals
Smith enters his 34th season on the Middlebury staff and his 26th season at the helm of the baseball program. Smith also served as an assistant football coach at the College from 1979 to 1994, and he is currently director of club sports and the intramural programs at Middlebury.
In the spring of '06, Smith led the team to its most successful season in school history. The team made its first NESCAC Tournament appearance, winning the title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history. The squad broke over 10 single-season team records, while setting a new school mark with 26 wins. For the great season, Smith was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
In '99, he received the "Edward P. Markey Award" given by St. Michael's College to the person who has made outstanding contributions to Vermont collegiate baseball. Following the 20-win season in '99, Smith was named the NESCAC coach of the year.
Smith returned the team to the post-season in 2011, taking part in the NESCAC Tournament.
Smith played football at the University of Delaware, where he graduated in '72. After commencement, he took a graduate assistant job at the University of Maine. He became a full-time assistant coach the next year and received his master's degree there in '76. Smith then took an assistant football coaching job at Maine Maritime Academy, where he served 1976-77, and an assistant job at Gettysburg in the fall of '78, before arriving at Middlebury in the fall of '79.
Assistant Coach: Jim Neidlinger
Neidlinger is now in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Middlebury baseball program. The former big-leaguer signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 80's. He played five years in the Pittsburgh system, including one year Nashua, N.H. where he threw a no-hitter. The then spent two years in AA Harrisburg and was named the 1986 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. In 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and assigned to AAA Albuquerque where he also threw a no-hitter.
In the winter of 1989-1990, Neidlinger went to Venezuela to play in the Caribbean League, where he was 8-3 and named Venezuelan Pitcher of the Year .
Neidlinger went to spring tramp camp with the Dodgers in the spring of 1990, getting called up later in the season where he compiled a record of 5-3 with a 3.25 era. He retired from baseball in '94 and has since worked as the pitching coach at the University of Vermont.
Asst. Football & Baseball
Phelps is now in his sixth season on the football coaching staff after graduating from nearby Castleton State College with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business. The Middlebury native will again coach the wide receivers in 2011. Phelps has also spent the last six springs as an assistant coach for the Middlebury baseball team.
Phelps has also worked as an assistant coach with the Middlebury High School football team. During his time as a student at Middlebury High School, Phelps was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. His team won a state title with an undefeated season during his senior year, with Phelps taking part in the Maple Sugar Shrine Game for senior all-stars from Vermont and New Hampshire.