Pete Smith is in his tenth season as head coach of the men’s tennis program at Ursinus, having taken over the program in the 2007-2008 season.
A 1991 graduate of Ursinus, Smith continues to set new benchmarks for the men’s tennis program. Smith’s most successful season came in 2013, when the team notched a 14-7 mark, setting a new school record for wins in a season. The record-setting year earned the Bears an appearance in the Centennial Conference playoffs, another first for the program. Following the season, the conference coaches named Smith the 2013 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year – his second such honor. In his nine years at the helm, the Bears have posted a 94-85 record, including six consecutive winning campaigns. During that time, he has coached six players who have garnered All-CC honors.
Last season, the Bears put together a 12-7 campaign that earned them their first ITA Atlantic South Regional ranking in school history. They finished the season ranked 19th in the region.
During his time at Ursinus, Smith was no stranger to men's tennis. As the #1 singles player on the team, he captured the 1990 Middle Atlantic Conference Singles Championship and earned 50 wins as a singles player.
His athletic talents were not limited to the tennis court, as Smith also excelled as a member of the basketball team. Smith scored 1,443 points in his Ursinus hoops career, good for seventh all-time at the school.
Aside from coaching, Smith also serves his alma mater as a member of the Hall of Fame committee. He was inducted into the Ursinus Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Smith lives in King of Prussia with his wife Kimberly, who is a 1986 graduate of Ursinus, and his daughter Olivia.