The Saint Vincent College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Dr. Terrance Smith as head men’s basketball coach.
A graduate of Saint Vincent and one of the top players to ever wear the green and gold, Smith takes over the helm after spending five seasons as assistant coach.
Praising Smith’s work as an assistant on the Bearcat staff, Saint Vincent College President Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., noted, “With Terrance Smith as head men’s basketball coach, we look forward to continue the winning ways of Bearcat basketball.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Smith grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania and played high school basketball in Westerville, Ohio. He was a two-time NAIA All-American for the Bearcats and still ranks as the team’s second-leading scorer of all time. From 1997–2001, he amassed 1,819 points for the Bearcats, helping the team to two NAIA National Tournament appearances. Following the 1999-2000 season, he was named Third Team NAIA All-America, before being recognized with Honorable Mention All-America honors a season later.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Smith. “This is my alma mater. This is where I played. I’m overwhelmed with the support that I’ve received and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity.”
Smith’s accomplishments in life extend far beyond the basketball court. After leaving Saint Vincent, he served as a member of the United States Army. A chief warrant officer two, he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a 12-year military career.
During the course of his time in the military, he earned a number of medals and ribbons, including a Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Combat Stars.
After earning his bachelor of arts in management from Saint Vincent, Smith furthered his education with an MBA in project management from Grantham University, and his DBA in project management from Walden University.
In addition to his role with the men’s basketball team, Smith serves as an assistant professor in Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, primarily in the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program. He is also the director of the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE) program on campus.
“Working at Saint Vincent and with our team for the past five years naturally helps with the familiarity with the players,” said Smith. “The relationships we’ve already built will be important in this process. The expectations remain the same as always, to win the conference and get to the NCAA Tournament.”
He begins his duties as head coach immediately.