Kermit Smith

1970 - 1979 Inductees
Year Honored:
Martin Methodist College, College of the Ozarks


Kermit Smith has been a coach and athletic director at Martin Methodist College (formerly Martin Junior College) in Pulaski for an amazing thirty-four years. During his tenure, he has coached basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf and directed a well-rounded intramural program. An accomplished athlete, Smith was a vital member of the baseball and golf teams at the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. His first sports love was always golf, which he has played with skill and coached so successfully that four of his teams have been in national tournaments. Smith holds the distinction of coaching the 1970-1971 tennis team to an undefeated season, the only in Martin Methodist College history. He has worked hard to further junior college athletics in this country. He helped form the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association in 1968 and has been its only publicity director since that date. In a career full of honors and distinctions, Smith was selected in 1975 as one of six persons to represent the U.S. Olympic Committee at the International Olympic Academy in Greece. A member of various halls of fame, Smith was inducted into the Tennessee Junior/Community College Hall of Fame in 1992. He was the first junior/community college person ever to be named president of the Tennessee College Physical Education Association. Also active in many worthwhile civic endeavors, Kermit Smith somehow finds time to run one hour each day. Anyone disciplined enough to do that is a shoe-in for success!

Credit 1:
Smith, K.

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