Our Best Coach in Texas – Making History (Guyla Mae Smith)

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By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Board Member & Volunteer

Guyla Mae Smith, a Lawrence County native, is one of the best softball coaches in Texas. 

Guyla, daughter of Elizabeth “Libby” {Plassmeyer} and Guy A. Smith, Jr., grew up near Enon Valley, Pennsylvania.

1980 Mohawk letterwinners Guyla Mae Smith, Lori Haswell, Mary Kay Ameen and Alberta Kelly.
1980 Mohawk letter winners Guyla Smith, Lori Haswell and Mary Kay Ameen with coach Alberta Kelly

A student at Mohawk High School, she played basketball and ran track, and played slo-pitch softball in Beaver County. She graduated from Mohawk in 1981. Going on to Penn State she began to play fast pitch.

Texas Arrival

Arriving in Texas, she coached softball. Graduating from Tarleton State University in 1989, she started her teaching career at West Independent School District, West Texas. At West she taught Social Studies and coached basketball, track and volleyball.
She was asked to start a softball program at West in 1991.

Winningest Softball Coach

Named all-time winningest softball coach in 2016, she then held a record of 545 wins.

Leading her softball teams to 12 District Titles and six state tournaments, the Lady Trojans claimed the state championship on their sixth attempt.

All her wins are at West High where she holds a record of 657-209!

Guyla was inducted into the Texas Girls Coaches Hall of Fame in 2019. Congratulations Guyla!

(Photo: New Castle News 1980, from left Mohawk Letterwinners Guyla Smith (12), Lori Haswell (22) and Mary Kay Ameen (30) with coach Alberta Kelly.)

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