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Jeff Smith
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 1 Year
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Jeff Smith Bio
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 04/25/2012

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

YearSchoolPosition

1995Albion CollegeAssistant Coach

1996Albion CollegeAssistant Coach

1997Albion CollegeAssistant Coach

1997Central Michigan University Graduate Assistant

1998Central Michigan UniversityGraduate Assistant

1999Central Michigan UniversityAssistant Coach

2000Central Michigan UniversityAssistant Coach

2001Central Michigan University Assistant Coach

2002Oakland UniversityAssistant Coach

2003Oakland UniversityAssistant Coach

2004Oakland UniversityAssistant Coach

2005Oakland UniversityAssociate Head Coach

2006Oakland UniversityAssociate Head Coach

2007University of UtahAssistant Coach

2008University of UtahAssistant Coach

2009University of UtahAssistant Coach

2010University of UtahAssistant Coach

2011Universiy of California-RiversideAssistant Coach

2012 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach

Education

Alma '95

Playing Career

YearTeam

1990      Alma College

1991      Alma College