WEST (April 9, 2013) -- In 22 years of West softball, one thing has never changed.
The Lady Trojans have 515 wins in program history. Guyla Smith has been there for every one.
“I really know that if we worked hard, do the small things, big things could happen and it has,” Smith said.
Smith started the program from scratch in 1991 and winning didn’t come easy at first.
“It was actually kind of difficult. We didn’t have the talent that we have now…it was a lot of hard work," she said.
It paid off quickly. Smith’s teams have averaged 23 wins each season and she picked up her 500th career victory in February.
“It really meant a lot to be a senior the year she got her 500th win,” senior Kelsey Hoelscher said.
“Just amazing the way she coaches and what she has done here for West. She’s changed a lot of us in the way we look at softball,” senior Heather Perry said.
“For me, she’d be one of the top coaches I’ve ever played for,” assistant coach and former player Melissa Huffhines said.
“She’s a coach you want to play for and you will try your best to play for her,” Erin Knox said.
Just watching Smith on the field, it’s easy to see why 22 years of Lady Trojans love their coach.
“When we’re going to score a run, she runs down the line with the players and she’s screaming. Half the time, she beats the runner to home plate,” Huffhines said.
“Whenever we do something really awesome in the game she jumps up and down and runs. It gets us all pumped up,” Hoelscher said.
And as long as she’s having that much fun, she’ll be in the same spot she’s been for every win the last 22 years.
“Probably until they kick me out and I’ll be in a Hoverround,” Smith said.