Charmin Smith Named Women's Basketball Assistant at California
May 22, 2007
BERKELEY - Charmin Smith has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of California, head coach Joanne Boyle announced on Tuesday. Smith is a former Stanford standout who played professionally for six years after her collegiate career. She comes to Cal after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons with the Cardinal.
'Charmin is such a great addition to our program,' Boyle said. 'She has played at the highest levels of the game and knows what it takes to get there. But the thing that impresses me most about Charmin is her ability as a teacher of the game. She builds great relationships and interacts so well with the kids. She is in this business for the right reasons - she wants to have an effect on kids. I have no doubt she will help us make our student-athletes into great basketball players, but more importantly, she will help them become great people.'
'I am very excited about this opportunity,' Smith said. 'I have been very fortunate to work with some excellent coaches and I have learned so much. Moving on to work with Joanne will continue that process for me. Everything she has accomplished in her career tells me she is a great coach; and this is a great program and a great situation which will offer me new responsibilities and challenges. It was very tough to leave Stanford; I had such great relationships there, it's my home and my alma mater, but this is an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and grow professionally.'
During Smith's tenure as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal posted an 87-16 (.845) record and made a pair of NCAA Quarterfinal appearances. In addition to her duties with recruiting, scouting and player development, Smith was heavily involved in various community service activities, including a program to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Smith was a standout player for Stanford from 1993-97, helping the Cardinal to three NCAA Final Fours, as well as three Pac-10 titles. Following her playing career, she joined the professional ranks in the ABL from 1997-98 as a member of the Portland Power. She also played three years in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx and one year in the Swedish Basketball League. In addition to her on-court experiences, Smith worked for two seasons as a production assistant and editor with NBA Entertainment, where she aided in the production of several national NBA broadcasts.
Smith began her coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach at Boston College, helping the Eagles to one of their most successful seasons in school history. During her lone season, Boston College won its first Big East title and received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Mideast Regional Semifinals.
A four-year letterwinner at Stanford, Smith earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering.
Smith joins a California program that posted a 23-9 overall record in 2006-07, which was one win shy of matching the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the most wins in school history. Before the latest campaign, Cal hadn't posted a 20-win season in 15 years.
Also in 2006-07, Cal matched the 1991-92 Bears for the program's best Pac-10 record (12-6) while ranking third for the best Pac-10 finish in school history. Cal earned a national ranking almost every week, including a school-record No. 15 ranking by the Associated Press for two weeks. In addition, the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.