Fred Smith retires as baseball coach at Central Methodist

Fred Smith, head baseball coach for Central Methodist, has announced plans to retire.

The college in Fayette said in a release Thursday that Smith will retire at the end of the 2013 season to take over as principal at Boonville Middle School.

Smith will continue at Central Methodist until May 31.

Smith, a 1984 NAIA All-American and Central Methodist alumnus, has led the Eagle baseball program for six seasons.

Central Methodist's 2012 team went 25-22-1 and advanced to the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship game.

Central Methodist expects to name Smith's replacement before the end of the season.