Charles R. Smith (coach)

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Charles R. Smith
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Died 1969
Playing career
1925–1927 San Diego State
1929 San Diego State
1926–1928 San Diego State
1929–1931 San Diego State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1941 San Diego State (assistant)
1946–1961 San Diego State (assistant)
1945–1948 San Diego State
1936–1942 San Diego State
1946–1964 San Diego State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1947–1954 San Diego State
Head coaching record
Overall 45–36 (basketball)
555–289–10 (baseball)

Charles R. "Charlie" Smith (? – 1969) was an American football, basketball and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head baseball coach at San Diego State University from 1936 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1964, compiling a record of 555–289–10. Smith was also the head basketball coach at San Diego State from 1945 to 1948, tallying a mark of 45–36, and the school's athletic director from 1947 to 1954. In addition, he served as the president of the California Collegiate Athletic Association and as a district representative to the NAIA. Smith was also a Brooklyn Dodgers scout for southern California.[1]

Early life and playing career[edit]

Smith attended Coronado High School in Coronado, California and then earned 12 varsity letters as San Diego State, four each in football, basketball, and baseball.[2]

Death and honors[edit]

Smith died in 1969. San Diego State's home baseball field, Charlie Smith Field at Tony Gwynn Stadium, was named in Smith's honor.[2]


  1. ^ Miller, Hack (August 10, 1949). "Round About". Deseret News. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "2011 San Diego State Baseball Media Guide". Issuu. February 14, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.