Charlie Smith
Inducted in 1995
Men's Basketball, Coaching
As a Lion
A high school All-State basketball player in Florence, Ala., Charlie Smith played for Freed-Hardeman College in 1966-68. During that time, he was named to the Dixie Conference All-Conference team and the Region VII National Junior College Athletic Association's All-Region team.
After Graduation

Smith completed his baccalaureate degree at Oklahoma Christian College in 1970. While there he was named to the NAIA District IX All-District team. EH also set school records for shooting percentage and rebounding average.

Smith returned to Freed-Hardeman in 1978 as the men's basketball coach. Since then, he has at various times coached baseball, women's tennis, men's tennis and volleyball and served as the university's athletic director.

It is as a tennis coach that Smith has gained his greatest renown. During his seven-year tenure the Lions have posted a 99-55 record overall and 71-19 in the conference. For three straight years they have won the NAIA District 24 titles and made trips to the NAIA national tournament. This year they again won the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Smith was named TCAC Coach of the Year in 1989 and NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year in 1993-95.

Even more remarkable has been his women's team. The Lady Lions have won ten consecutive TCAC championships, won six district titles and have ranked in the NAIA Top 20 nine of the last ten years. The team has never lost a conference match, posting a 166-0 conference record. Smith has been named TCAC Coach of the Year five times and NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year seven times.

Smith is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Board of Directors and is secretary of the NAIA National Tennis Coaches Association. He is married to the former Nancy Williams. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Lion Hall of Fame
YearInducteeSport(s)
1985Kerby FarrellBaseball
1985Willie HudsonBasketball/Coaching after FHU
1985Laurent JohnsonCoaching
1985Dew Drop RowlettCoaching
1985R.W. (Dick) StewartBasketball
1985Lon VarnellBaseball, Basketball, and Football
1986Mary Nelle Brum ChalkWomen's Basketball
1986John Luke WebbFootball, Basketball, and Baseball
1986James WilliamsBaseball and Basketball
1986Sue McBride WilliamsWomen's Basketball
1987Mac H. FeltsMultiple
1987Kate Pennington RochelleWomen's Basketball
1987Robert L. WittBasketball
1988Ulyss BrockMen's Basketball
1988Mayme Higginbottam LaneWomen's Basketball
1988Jim MurdaughMen's Basketball
1989Jerry MooreMen's Basketball
1989John L. WeeksBaseball, Basketball, Football
1989Marvin WilliamsCoaching after FHU
1990Vanassa Chism BranchWomen's Basketball
1990Dolly LambertBaseball
1990John PipkinBaseball and Basketball
1990David SmithBasketball
1991Sammy FisherCoaching
1991Dick GrayTrack and Field
1991Hoyt KirkCoaching
1991Robert Stanley LittleMen's Basketball
1992Ancil JohnsonMen's Basketball
1992Clyde WoodsTennis
1993Aaron HerronMen's Basketball
1993Gerald MichaelMen's Basketball
1994Arthur BonnerMen's Basketball
1994Larry MackinMen's Basketball/Baseball
1995Ruben BrownMen's Basketball
1995Charlie SmithMen's Basketball, Coaching
1996Cindy AndersonWomen's Basketball
1996Janice Wood GriggsWomen's Basketball
1996Renee Hensley PaughTennis and Basketball
1996Owen MitchellMen's Tennis
1997Randall AveryMen's Basketball
1997Sergio CastelloMen's Tennis
1998Garrett GrillsMen's Basketball
1999Fabiana CuggionniWomen's Tennis
1999Joe HardinDistinguished Service
1999Johanna MittenhammerWomen's Tennis
1999Ernesto RamosMen's Basketball
2000Claudia SanchezTennis
2003Jennifer Burkeen ShowersBasketball
2003David ByrdCoaching
2003Clay MurleyBaseball
2005Kara Sanders AtkinsWomen's Basketball
2005Qiana ElamWomen's Basketball
2006Chike StevensonMen's Basketball
2007Federico ContrerasTennis
2007Ricardo FerreiraTennis
2007Micheal GainesMen's Basketball
2008Nancy BennettDistinguished Service
2008Lee BurklowMen's Basketball
2008Mikki Dowell VinsonVolleyball/Softball
2009Anelise BattaglionWomen's Tennis
2009Jamie NorsworthyMen's Basketball
2009Terry WeeksCoaching
2009Jessica WoodardWomen's Basketball
2010Chuck BoxBaseball
2010Patrick O'SullivanBaseball
2011Van KalinisanBaseball
2011Eddie MartinCoaching after FHU
2011Ashlee RobertsonWomen's Basketball
2012Jonathan EstesBaseball
2012Pernell KnoxBaseball
2012Tony LambertMen's Basketball
2012Wes MillerMen's Basketball
2012Stacy Myers PalmerWomen's Basketball
2013Renata PedreiraVolleyball
2013Payton ReddenBaseball
2013Karina Souza SimonVolleyball
2014Tomas OresanskyMen's Basketball
2014Tarrah TuckerSoftball
2015Jana Cross GobbleWomen's Basketball
2015Zack FreyMen's Basketball
2015Donald MartinBaseball