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Mitch Smith begins his first season as head coach of the new wrestling program at Alderson-Broaddus College.
Smith was an assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater West Liberty University from 2010-12. With his help, the Hilltoppers established dominant wrestling program that ranked 17th nationally in 2012 and 17th in 2011. Smith coached seven NCAA Qualifiers, three All-Americans, two National Finalists and eight Academic All-Americans.
The Ripley, W.Va., native was a two-time All-American wrestler at West Liberty. He was a seven-time High School All-American, three-time High School State and two-time National Champion, and compiled a 193-3 record at Ripley High School.
Smith earned a general studies degree and minored in education at West Liberty.