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UC Riverside Baseball Coach Recognized by Disabilities Group

Hall-of-fame Coach Jack Smitheran Receives Award from ARC, Riverside for His Work With Area’s Youth

(October 4, 2002)

Jack Smitheran

Jack Smitheran

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Oct.4, 2002 — University of California, Riverside Baseball Coach Jack Smitheran received the third annual Sprit of The Dove Award from ARC Riverside on Friday, Oct. 4, for his involvement with the youth of the community.

"ARC, Riverside confers The Spirit of The Dove Award on a person who has shown a commitment and dedication to working behind the scenes with the youth of the community through sports," said Jim Stream, the association’s executive director.

ARC Riverside presented the award Friday, Oct. 4, at its annual “Support your Sport” fundraising dinner at the Heiting & Irwin law building on Brockton Avenue.

ARC Riverside is a private, nonprofit organization providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and to their families in Western Riverside County for 50 years.

“Recognition from a group like ARC is a tremendous honor, mostly because of the wonderful work they do for the disabled and their families,” Smitheran said. “I don’t know that I’ve done much of anything to warrant such an honor.”

Stan Morrison, director of athletics at UC Riverside, disagreed, citing Smitheran’s work with baseball clinics, workshops and camps for youth. He also noted Smitheran’s 28-year UC Riverside career in which the Highlanders won two Division II national championships, eight California Collegiate Athletic Association titles, and five trips to the College World Series, while maintaining high graduation rates.

“Jack is one of the most committed and competitive coaches I have ever met in any sport,” added Morrison, noting Smitheran’s induction last summer into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and his 1,000th career victory against the University of San Diego in February (2002).

“Of equal importance is the number of young men who have gone on from Jack’s many programs to be outstanding contributors to their communities,” Morrison added.

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