Julie Smith was the second baseman for the United States during the 1996 Olympics in Athens.
Smith won a national championship with Texas A&M in 1987 before transferring to Fresno State University where she was named to the NCAA first team All-American squad from 1990-1991. In 1991, she was selected into the NCAA Women’s College World Series All-Decade team and was Fresno State’s Female Athlete of the Year. She was also a member of the Orange County Majestics in 1987 and she helped win a national championship for the Redding Rebels from 1993-1995.
Smith participated on the 1995 and 1999 Pan American games, the World Championships in 1994 and 1998, and played on the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship team in 1987.
A bit of controversy befell upon Smith with the selection of Dot Richardson over her for the 2000 US Olympic team. Richardson, who lost her short stop position to Crystl Bustos, was moved to second base – Smith’s position. Even though Smith was ranked seventh in offensive production, it was alleged that Richardson’s popularity overshadowed Smith’s on the field contributions.
In 2005, Smith became the general manager of the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut franchise of National Pro Fastpitch. In 2007, she was named the head softball coach for the University of La Verne. Her squad finished the 2008 season with a record of 28-19.