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
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Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead in... [read more]
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead into the half. Babson held Augustana at arm's length for much of the second half and led 71-61 with six minutes to play when the Vikings started their rally. Nolan Ebel (6'1''-G) hit a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to pull the Vikings within four at 79-75. After a couple of empty possessions for both teams, Augustana fouled Babson with 21 seconds left, sending the Beavers to the free throw line for one-and one. They missed the first shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and found Jacob Johnston for three to cut the lead to 79-78 with 10 seconds left. Babson again missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Vikings gave the ball to Ebel who raced down the floor. Ebel tried to arc a shot over three Babson defenders with three seconds left but Flannery smacked the ball away. Babson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second left. Babson missed the one-and-one again but, after an Augustana time out, the Vikings only had time for a long heave down the floor that was deflected away. Flannery finished with 23 points, which gives him 2,620 in his career, good enough for eighth place all-time in Division III. Isaiah Nelsen scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Comenale finished with 16 points for Babson. Ebel notched 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Augustana (24-9). Augustana finishes as national runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Babson's championship is the first men's basketball title for the College and the fifth overall in team sports. Babson won three titles in men's soccer in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and a men's hockey championship in 1984. Flannery, who was named Player of the Year before the game, took home the Most Oustanding Player award. The other members of the All-Tournament team were Nelsen, Ebel, Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) for Augustana and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) for Williams. Before the title game, the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 139-116 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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