Former Highlassie Jessica Smith returned to the McLennan in 2015 as an assistant coach and is beginning her fifth year with the softball program. In her first season with the program, she helped lead the squad to the fourth regional title and national tournament appearance in program history. During her short tenure, Smith has coached one All-American, and 20 players have earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. In 2018, she took the reins of the team during the postseason and led the squad to a second-place finish in the NJCAA Region V North Tournament. She also plays an integral part in recruiting for the Highlassies and serves as an assistant to the athletic director.
Smith was a member of the 2012 McLennan softball squad that finished as runners-up in the Region V North Tournament. She recorded a .338 batting average with a .363 on-base percentage, 17 RBIs and 18 walks. She has spent seven years working both winter and summer softball camps at McLennan.
Before joining the McLennan staff, Smith spent two years as the executive assistant at Waco Sports Academy, where she oversaw the daily training of athletes.
Smith received a bachelor’s degree in allied health from Texas A&M University in 2015 and a master's degree in sport management from Liberty University in 2018. She has a two-year-old daughter, Saydee.
2015-present: Assistant coach, McLennan Community College
2011-12: McLennan Community College
2018: Master’s in sport management, Liberty University
2015: Bachelor’s in allied health, Texas A&M University