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Central Michigan assistant men's basketball coach Jeff Smith, second from right, was a featured speaker at the 14th Annual Knights Basketball Coaching Academy last month. Pictured from left to right are academy director and CMU alum Paul Galbenski, Rochester College head coach Klint Pleasant, Michigan head coach John Beilein, Smith, and Ohio head coach Jim Christian.
Smith a Featured Speaker in Coaching Academy Fundraiser
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Central Michigan men's basketball assistant coach Jeff Smith recently was a featured speaker at the 14th Annual Knights Basketball Coaching Academy and fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer at Bloomfield Hills Andover High School.

Smith joined Michigan head coach John Beilein, Ohio head coach Jim Christian, and Rochester College head coach Klint Pleasant as presenters to approximately 130 area basketball coaches of all levels.

The academy is focused on equipping Metro-Detroit area coaches of all experience levels with skills and drills for every age of boys and girls basketball. Proceeds of $1,500 from the event went to cancer research, bringing the total amount donated to Coaches vs. Cancer since 2009 to $4,500.

"It is a privilege to re-connect with and give back to the basketball community around the state at such a prestigious event," said Smith. "This type of exposure for our program helps continue the great relationships we have with the coaches in Michigan and it is important to support a good cause like Coaches vs. Cancer."

The annual academy is operated by 1989 Central Michigan alum Paul Galbenski, a multiple-time Oakland Activities Association Coach of the Year honoree who has 21 years of basketball coaching experience and is currently the assistant girls' coach at Detroit Country Day.

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