Denmark’s David Smart may be a few months away from coaching his first baseball game for the Danes, but his reputation was already well-established throughout the state of Georgia.
On Thursday, the Georgia Dugout Club formally recognized Smart’s reputation, awarding Denmark’s softball and baseball coach with the 2018 Ethics and Professional Coaching award. The award is voted on by college and high school coaches based on nominations from around the state. It’s one of a few different awards the club gives out each year, but it’s considered the highest honor that a coach can receive.
“I am thrilled that coach Smart is being honored by our Georgia Dugout Club as the 2018 recipient of the Ethics and Professional Coaching award,” said Georgia State head baseball coach Greg Frady, the chairman of the GDC's Ethics and Professional Coaching Committee, in a statement. “He represents the baseball community with the highest level of respect, honesty and humility.”
Smart came to Denmark after stints as head baseball coach at Northside-Columbus and LaGrange. He led Northside to two quarterfinal appearances and LaGrange to a semifinal in 2017. In softball, he qualified for the playoffs during all three of his seasons at the helm of Northside’s team. Denmark’s softball team went 3-17 during its first-ever season.
Denmark athletic director Jamie Corr, himself a big name in Forsyth County baseball, began a friendship with Smart coaching the Team Georgia all-star team. That relationship led to Smart joining Denmark’s new program, and to Corr, the award is just another reason to be proud of his pick.
“Coach David Smart is an incredible example to our athletes and very deserving of the prestigious award,” Corr said. “He devotes countless hours to his teams and instills the values of leadership, sportsmanship and integrity.”