Smith To Join Women's Hoops Staff As Director of Operations

May 30, 2007

SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball head coach Tia Jackson announced Wednesday that Wingate Smith will join her staff as the director of women's basketball operations.

Smith, previously an assistant high school girls' basketball coach and former graduate assistant and student manager with the Wake Forest and North Carolina women's basketball programs, respectively, will be involved with handling the Huskies' travel arrangements, summer camps, budget, community service activities and on-campus recruiting. He will begin his duties at Washington on June 8.

'Wingate is a great addition to our staff,' Jackson said. 'He has had tremendous mentors in Mike Petersen (at Wake Forest) and Sylvia Hatchell (at UNC-Chapel Hill) and will bring a tremendous work ethic and passion to our program. He has an energy level that is beyond compare and an understanding of the game that will be an integral part in the success of our program. His great enthusiasm and high energy is just what we looking for and we are very fortunate to have him on board.'

Smith comes to Seattle from the high school coaching ranks having served as an assistant varsity girls' basketball coach at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, N.C. this past year. He helped lead the team to a 20-5 record and a 2007 Yadkin Valley Regular Season championship title.

Smith also worked as the video coordinator for the Wake Forest women's basketball program while earning his graduate degree there in 2005-06. Prior to that stint with the Demon Deacons, he served as a student manager for Sylvia Hatchell and the North Carolina women's basketball program from 2004-05 while earning his undergraduate degree at Chapel Hill.

'I am very excited about getting the opportunity to work with such a wonderful person in Coach Jackson and everything about the UW program,' Smith said. 'Coach J has done great things at every step of her coaching journey and has assembled a staff that has been successful in their respective careers as well. I love everything that the University of Washington stands for and the Seattle area has to offer. I look forward to being a Husky.'

In addition to his coaching duties at Thomasville High School the last year, Smith was an eighth grade social studies teacher at Thomasville Middle School where he was also the head soccer coach. Smith earned his masters degree in education from Wake Forest in August, 2006 and a bachelors degree in geography from UNC-Chapel Hill in May, 2005. He was a two-year varsity letterman in basketball at Thomasville High School where he played point guard and shooting guard. He helped his prep squad to the 2000 North Carolina 1-A State Championship title.

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