Kirstin Smith (born March 3, 1985 in Walnut Creek, California) is an American Softball Player who pitches for the USA national softball team. She participated in the 2008 summer Olympics, earning a silver medal. Smith, along with her team, hopes to win a gold medal at the Olympics in 2012.
Smith has been playing softball since age 6 and started pitching at age 10. She took pitching lessons starting at age 12 from well known pitching coach Delmar Himango. At San Ramon Valley High School, Smith played softball all four years on the varsity team, as well as playing basketball for two years. As a senior, she was the starting pitcher for her high school and was voted first team all league as a pitcher. She was an excellent hitter and led the team in RBI’s (run’s batted in). As a senior her batting average was .360, one of the top batting averages in the league.
Smith played softball at the University of California Los Angeles, where she was a two-time All American pitcher and center fielder. She was the starting pitcher and continued to do great things in both her pitching and her hitting. Smith set the record for most strikeouts, with 392, breaking the previous record of 370 set by Misty Velke in 2000. During her college career she won a total of 135 games. She was also an Academic All American for two years. Smith graduated from college in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.
This year, Smith joined the UCLA Softball Coaching staff as a pitching coach. She continues to train for the 2012 Olympics.