Coach of Canada's Olympic bronze medal softball team retires

Mark Smith, the coach of Canada's bronze medal-winning softball team, is retiring after a playing and coaching career that spanned more than four decades

Canadian women finished in a historic 3rd-third place at Tokyo Olympic Games

Team Canada wait in their dugout before the women's bronze medal game against Mexico. Coach Mark Smith, pictured above, has decided to retire. (Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

The coach of Canada's bronze medal-winning softball team is calling it quits.

Mark Smith has announced his retirement after a playing and coaching career that spanned more than four decades.

Smith's playing career as a hard-throwing left-handed pitcher lasted 25 years and took him across Canada and as far away as New Zealand.

He started to make the transition to coaching while he was still a player, and took over the national women's team in 2009.

Under his watch, Team Canada won three bronze medals at the world championships and a silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

Baseball and softball have already been ruled out of the next Olympics in 2024, so it would have been at least another seven years before Smith, 62, could have coached in another Games.

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