|Jeff Smith Bio|
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Hired to be part of Keno Davis' original staff at Central Michigan, Jeff Smith returns to his roots in the state for his second stint as a Chippewa assistant.
Smith originally joined the CMU men's program as a graduate assistant in May 1997 and served in that capacity for two years before being promoted to assistant coach. Shortly thereafter, he helped the 2000-01 Chippewas to a 20-8 record and a Mid-American Conference title. Smith was on the CMU bench until September 2002 when he joined the staff at Oakland.
The Bay City, Mich., native and 1995 Alma College graduate became the associate head coach at Oakland, helping the Golden Grizzlies to a 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship and a win in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. He was largely responsible for a 2005 recruiting class that was ranked 23rd in the nation by Hoop Scoop. After a successful five-year tenure that included two Mid-Con Players of the Year, Smith joined Jim Boylen's staff at Utah and helped the Utes to the 2009 Mountain West Conference title and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Smith played for two seasons at Alma College before a knee injury ended his career. He then worked with the program for two years as a student assistant and was named Alma's head junior varsity coach during his senior season. He was an assistant coach at Albion College from 1995-97.
The Smith File
Year School Position
1995 Albion College Assistant Coach
1996 Albion College Assistant Coach
1997 Albion College Assistant Coach
1997 Central Michigan University Graduate Assistant
1998 Central Michigan University Graduate Assistant
1999 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2000 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2001 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2002 Oakland University Assistant Coach
2003 Oakland University Assistant Coach
2004 Oakland University Assistant Coach
2005 Oakland University Associate Head Coach
2006 Oakland University Associate Head Coach
2007 University of Utah Assistant Coach
2008 University of Utah Assistant Coach
2009 University of Utah Assistant Coach
2010 University of Utah Assistant Coach
2011 Universiy of California-Riverside Assistant Coach
1990 Alma College
1991 Alma College