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SOFTBALL: Longtime Calhoun softball coach Smith inducted into Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame

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Calhoun High softball coach Diane Smith has been coaching for almost 30 years, and she’s still going strong.

Smith was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta.

“It’s definitely a tribute and an honor for me,” said Smith. “I’ve been very fortunate to have gotten to coach all 27 years at Calhoun. I’ve had a lot of outstanding players and teams, and I’ve had some great assistant coaches. There’s no way I could’ve done it by myself.”

This past fall Smith won her 500th career game as a coach.

As a player, Smith is in the Georgia ASA Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia USSSA Hall of Fame.

“Softball is something I love and it always has been a big part of my life and it still is,” said Smith. “I’m not ready to quit yet. I love being with those kids, and I just love what I do.

“My whole career has been a dream come true.”

Smith has two daughters, Jaime Ralston Garrett and Kayla Ralston, and is married to former Calhoun and Red Bud football coach Jerry Smith.