Baylor softball coach Kelli Smith '95 and former track coach Bill McMahan '67 have been named recipients of the TSSAA's A. F. Bridges Female and Male Coach of the Year awards in recognition of good sportsmanship and citizenship.
This is the third A. F. Bridges Award for Smith, who led the Baylor softball team to a fifth straight, and 13th overall, state championship last spring. Smith has been a part of all 13 state titles - as a player on the '93 and '94 state champs and as head coach of the Red Raiders in the '03, '04, '05, '11, '12, '13, 15, '16, '17, '18, and '19 championship seasons.
McMahan, who wins the award for the second time, was the head track coach for 28 years before retiring from the position after the 2018 season. Under his leadership, Baylor girls’ teams won seven state championships, including four in a row from 2008-2011, and a runner-up trophy while boys’ teams during McMahan’s tenure won two state championships and were runners-up twice. Though retired from his track position, McMahan remains on the faculty at Baylor.
Both Smith and McMahan are in the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame.