In his first season with the Knights, Aaron Smith serves as the program's volunteer assistant coach. Smith previously spent time as UNC Wilmington's volunteer assistant during the 2008 campaign.
During the 2009 campaign at UCF, Smith was part of a staff that helped the Knights set plenty of firsts. The Black and Gold recorded its most C-USA victories since joining the league in 2006, its highest team GPA and some of the largest crowds in program history. Working with the outfielders, he helped Brandon Romans evolve into an All-C-USA Second Team selection, as all three starters finished with batting averages of .285 or higher.
UNC Wilmington excelled with Smith on the staff. The Seahawks went 44-17-1 and picked up an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Elon twice but fell to North Carolina in a pair of games in the Cary Regional. The 2008 season was a huge improvement compared to 2007 when they posted a 29-27 record and went 0-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
Smith also worked in the Seattle Mariners baseball operations department from 2006-07, and was an assistant coach for Archbishop Murphy High School in Washington.
A talented shortstop for UNC Wilmington, Smith played for the Seahawks from 2003-04 and helped guide his team to the NCAA Regionals each year along with its first conference title in 2004. As a senior, he racked up a .335 average with 10 dingers and 50 RBI en route to a spot on the All-CAA Second Team. That season he played under volunteer assistant coach Cliff Godwin, who is now one of UCF's assistant coaches and the program's recruiting coordinator.
Smith's defense was just as good as he finished his two-year career by ranking fifth in school history with 74 double plays and ninth in assists with 327, including a single-season mark of 201 assists in 2004.At the conclusion of his senior year, he signed on with the Chicago Cubs and played 33 games with a .259 batting average for the Arizona League Cubs. Smith then saw action in 78 contests for the Midwest League's Peoria Chiefs in 2005.
Smith graduated with a bachelor's degree from UNCW in 2004 and completed his master's in education at the University of Washington in 2007.