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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Bears' Smith was assistant for '98 U.S. team

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith has been chosen to coach the national team that will represent the United States this summer.

Smith, an assistant for the 1998 USA national team, will coach a team of college freshmen and sophomores scheduled to compete in Japan and Taiwan.

"Coach Smith is very highly regarded among his peers, and we're extremely excited to welcome him back as our head coach for the upcoming summer," USA Baseball general manager Eric Campbell said Thursday in a statement. "Steve is an outstanding teacher of the game."

The team is also scheduled to play two three-game series in Durham against yet to be determined international opponents.

"I look forward to a great summer," Smith said. "Representing the United States in international competition is a privilege."

Smith is 372-234-1 at Baylor. He has led the team to two NCAA Super Regional appearances and the 2000 Big 12 Conference title.