Jay Smith has verbally accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College. Smith brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Kalamazoo, including 10 years as a head coach at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University. "I am elated to accept the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College," Smith said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity that [Director of Athletics] Kristen Smith and the search committee has given me. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking this program and molding it into a championship culture. It is going to take time and patience to create the brand that we as a unit can believe in and thrive in for years to come." Most recently, Smith was an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2008-16. The 2015-16 team ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (84.1 ppg) and scored 90 or more points nine times. Smith helped the Titans to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 and an NIT Tournament appearance in 2013. Smith was the head coach at Central Michigan University for nine years (1998-2006). His time with the Chippewas led to a pair of Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships, a MAC Tournament championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 2002-03 team had wins over Michigan, No. 23 Notre Dame and No. 15 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Smith recruited and coached Chris Kaman, the 2003 MAC Player of the Year and sixth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft (Los Angeles Clippers). Prior to CMU, Smith was the head coach at Grand Valley State University in 1996-97 where he guided the Lakers to a 23-6 overall record, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular season and tournament championships, and an NCAA II Tournament appearance. Smith was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for seven years (1989-96) where he helped the Wolverines to six NCAA Tournaments and two Final Four appearances while coaching All-Americans Rumeal Robinson and Chris Webber along with All-Big Ten selections Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson. Before Michigan, Smith was an assistant at Kent State for five years (1984-89) where he helped the Golden Flashes to a pair of NIT Tournament appearances. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a business minor at Saginaw Valley State University in 1984 and a master's degree in sports administration at Kent State in 1986. He played one year of basketball at Bowling Green State University (1989-90) before playing his final three years at Saginaw Valley State where the Cardinals posted a 60-32 record (32-16 GLIAC) during his career. Smith played high school basketball at Mio Au Sable and still holds the Michigan state record for career scoring with 2,841 points. Smith will be the 14th head coach in the 110-year history of Kalamazoo College's men's basketball program. He expects to begin working at K officially on July 1. "There will be a major focus on teaching and developing winning habits that will carry us both on and off the court," Smith said. "We will work diligently from day one to make sure we are recruiting high character student-athletes and putting them in a position to be successful by taking the 'LEAP' ; Love, Excellence, Accountability, and Passion. "This is a tremendous day for my family and me, and we are extremely fortunate to be welcomed into the Kalamazoo College community and to be part of something special." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Salem ain't so: Men's title game on the move - 7 days ago
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After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 [read more]
After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The NCAA announced the host site for all of Division III's championships through the end of the 2021-2022 athletic season. Three separate sites will host the Division III women's basketball championship game. Salem has hosted the national semifinals every year since 1996 and hosted the national championship every year but 2013 when all three Divisions played their national title game in Atlanta. The 2017-18 national semifinals and championship game will be played in the Salem Civic Center before the move takes effect the following season. The Salem Civic Center is part of the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with Salem Stadium which has hosted the NCAA Division III football national championship game every year since 1993. The Stagg Bowl will played one more time in Salem in December 2018 before it moves to Shenandoah, Texas, for two years. The Civic Center, which opened in October 1967, seats around 5,000 for basketball. The move will likely separate national championship weekend from the Jostens Trophy award ceremony, which has traditionally taken place on Thursday of championship weekend. The Jostens Trophy is administered by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and given out by the Salem Rotary Club to one player from Division III men's basketball and one from Division III women's basketball in honor of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Sewanee men's basketball coach Bradley Pierson resigns - 11 days ago
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Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new wom... [read more]
Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new women's basketball coach. The men's basketball team posted a 15-12 record under Pierson in 2016-17. Pierson finished with the most wins as a first-year coach in program history. Prior to being named the Tigers head coach, Pierson served as an assistant for three seasons. "Coach Pierson has left an indelible impression on the Sewanee men's basketball program as a player, as an assistant coach, and finally as our head coach," Sewanee athletics director Mark Webb said. "His contributions are many, and he will certainly be missed by our players and athletic staff." Courtesy of: tennessean.com
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