TROY, Alabama – The Troy softball program and head coach Beth Mullins announced the hiring of Taylor Smartt as a full-time assistant coach on Tuesday. Smartt served as the Trojans’ volunteer assistant coach last season and replaces Whitney Cloer who has left the Troy program.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach for my alma mater and to join a phenomenal coaching staff under Coach Mullins,” Smartt said. “I am excited about moving forward and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Trojans.”

Working primarily with the Trojans’ hitters last season, Smartt was a big part of a team that set a program record with 51 home runs. The Trojans also more hit 72 doubles after just 34 in the previous season.

“I am very excited to name Taylor Smartt as an assistant coach here at Troy University,” Mullins said. “Taylor was instrumental in our success last year as a volunteer assistant and I know with her knowledge of the game, work ethic, and recruiting ability, she will help this program reach new heights”

Prior to her season with the Troy coaching staff, Smartt started 191 games in a four-year career for the Trojans, earning NFCA All-Region and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete honors along the way.

Smartt’s father, Mark, is the baseball head coach at Troy and her brother, Chase, is a signee with the Troy baseball program.