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Shaka Smart
Shaka Dingani Smart (born April 8, 1977) is an American men's college basketball coach and former player. He currently is the head men's basketball coach

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Shaka Smart Smart speaks with an official in a game in November, 2013Sport(s) BasketballCurrent positionTitle Head coachTeam TexasConference Big 12Record 50–50Annual salary $3,000,000Biographical detailsBorn (1977-04-08) April 8, 1977 (age 41)
North Kingston, Rhode IslandPlaying career1995–1999 Kenyon Position(s) Point guardCoaching career (HC unless noted)1999–2001 California (PA) (assistant)2003–2006 Akron (assistant)2006–2008 Clemson (assistant)2008–2009 Florida (assistant)2009–2015 VCU2015–present Texas Administrative career (AD unless noted)2001–2003 Dayton (basketball ops.) Head coaching recordOverall 213–106Tournaments 7–6 (NCAA Division I)
5–0 (CBI)Accomplishments and honorsChampionships CBI (2010)
NCAA Regional—Final Four (2011)
CAA Tournament (2012)
Atlantic 10 Tournament (2015)

Shaka Dingani Smart (born April 8, 1977) is an American men's college basketball coach and former player. He currently is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Texas.

Contents
  • 1 Early life and playing career
  • 2 Coaching career
    • 2.1 Assistant coach
    • 2.2 VCU
    • 2.3 Texas
  • 3 Style of play
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Coaching tree
  • 6 Head coaching record
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links
Early life and playing career

Smart grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. In high school, Smart was a three-year starter for Oregon High School in his hometown. He was a second-team All-Badger Conference pick as a senior and by the end of his career was the all-time assists leader at Oregon for a career (458), season (201) and single game (20).[1]

Smart attended Division III Kenyon College in Ohio, where he remains the school's career assists leader (542) nearly twenty years after his playing career ended. In 1999, as a senior, he was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, named the NCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, and among 20 students in the country selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic team.[2] On ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, he credited his personal relationship with then head coach Bill Brown as the reason for his decision to attend the school.

Coaching career Assistant coach

Smart began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at California University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master's degree. Afterwards, he was hired as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Dayton. He was then an assistant at the University of Akron for three years, Clemson for two, and Florida for one.

VCU

VCU hired Smart to be the head coach in the spring of 2009 after the program's previous coach, Anthony Grant, left to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Smart's hire made him the 10th-youngest head coach in Division I. In his first season, he led the Rams to a 27–10 season and a CBI Championship after VCU swept Saint Louis in the championship best-of-three series.[3]

Smart's second season began with forward Larry Sanders declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season. Sanders' selection by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick made VCU the first school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in consecutive years, as the Utah Jazz had selected guard Eric Maynor with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Rams under Smart went 23–11 in the 2010–2011 season. Smart led the Rams to their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, where they lost to Old Dominion.

Despite not securing the automatic bid, VCU earned an at-large bid to the Southwest region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Rams were one of the last four teams invited, and were placed in the "First Four" against USC for a spot in the main 64-team tournament bracket. VCU defeated USC and then upset the 6th-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and 3rd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. VCU won 72–71 against Florida State University in overtime to earn the school's first spot in the Elite Eight and subsequently upset the top-seeded University of Kansas 71–61 for its first Final Four appearance. The Rams lost to Butler 70-62 in the semifinal game.

On April 4, 2011, Smart agreed to an 8-year contract extension with VCU, increasing his base pay from $350,000 to $1.2 million per year, prior to any performance bonuses.[4][5]

On January 19, 2013, Shaka Smart became the second youngest active coach to win 100 games, in a 90-63 victory over Duquesne.[6]

Texas

On April 2, 2015, Smart accepted an offer to become the new men's head basketball coach at Texas. In Smart's first season at Texas, the Longhorns won 20 games and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which the Houston Chronicle described as having "surpassed all realistic expectations."[7] That offseason, Smart received a contract extension, keeping him at Texas through the 2022–23 season.[8]

On May 18, 2017, Smart received a commitment from Mohamed Bamba, the second ranked overall player in the 2017 recruiting class, to play at Texas.[9][10] The following recruiting class was ranked eighth in the country after Smart received commitment letters from several highly ranked high school recruits.[11]

Style of play

Smart's teams play an upbeat style of basketball known as "havoc." Smart described his "havoc" defensive philosophy during his introductory press conference as, "We are going to wreak havoc on our opponent's psyche and their plan of attack." On the court, the "havoc" defensive mindset is visible through the heavy use of the full court press and pressing after made baskets to disrupt opponents' timing of offensive sets. The Rams have consistently maintained one of the most efficient and disruptive defenses in the nation, ranking 1st nationally in both turnovers and steals forced per possession from 2011-2014. Offensively, Smart-coached teams play uptempo, push the ball after misses, and run a weave-heavy motion offense.

Personal life

Smart's given name was bestowed in honor of the famous Zulu warrior.[12] He graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon with a degree in History, researching and writing on issues related to race and the Great Migration his junior and senior years.[13] Smart received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and earned a master's degree in social science at California University of Pennsylvania. He developed a love for quotations at Kenyon. Smart began writing down quotes into a digital document that is now over 110 pages long. He also likes nature documentaries featuring big cats.[14]

Smart has been married since May 20, 2006, to Maya Smart, a professional writer and an alumna of Harvard University and Northwestern University.[1][15][16] Their daughter was born in 2011.[1][17]

Smart has several half-siblings from his estranged father Winston Smart including Sekou Lumumba Smart.[citation needed] Smart's half-brother, J.M. Tyree, is a writer and professor.[18]

Smart is a supporter of former President Barack Obama, for whom he campaigned in Florida in 2008 and Virginia in 2012.[19]

Coaching tree

These former assistant coaches or players of Smart later became head coaches:

  • Jeremy Ballard: FIU (2018–present)
  • Jamion Christian: Mount St. Mary's (2012–2018); Siena (2018–present)
  • Mike Jones: Radford (2011–present)
  • Mike Morrell: UNC Asheville (2018–present)
  • Mike Rhoades: Rice (2014–2017); VCU (2017–present)
  • Will Wade: VCU (2015–2017); LSU (2017–present)
Head coaching record Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason VCU Rams (Colonial Athletic Association) (2009–2012) 2009–10 VCU 27–9 11–7 T–5th CBI Champion 2010–11 VCU 28–12 12–6 4th NCAA Division I Final Four 2011–12 VCU 29–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32 VCU Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2012–2015) 2012–13 VCU 27–9 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32 2013–14 VCU 26–9 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64 2014–15 VCU 26–10 12–6 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64 VCU: 163–56 (.744) 74–30 (.712) Texas Longhorns (Big 12 Conference) (2015–present) 2015–16 Texas 20–13 11–7 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64 2016–17 Texas 11–22 4–14 10th 2017–18 Texas 19–15 8–10 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 64 Texas: 50–50 (.500) 23–31 (.426) Total: 213–106 (.668)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also
  • List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach
References
  1. ^ a b c "NCAA men's basketball: Ex-Oregon athlete Shaka Smart guides VCU past Georgetown". Host.madison.com. March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Shaka Smart. "VCU Athletics". VCU Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Saint Louis Billikens - Recap - March 31, 2010 - ESPN
  4. ^ DeCourcy, Mike. "Shaka Smart agrees to eight-year contract with VCU". Sporting News. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Shaka Smart has deal to remain at Virginia Commonwealth - ESPN
  6. ^ http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/college/vcu/vcu-blowout-gives-smart-th-win/article_b5ad542a-62a5-11e2-85a7-0019bb30f31a.html VCU blowout gives Smart 100th win
  7. ^ Mike Finger (7 March 2017). "Shaka Smart confident UT's down year an anomaly". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart receives contract extension, pay raise". Sports Illustrated. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Nick Moyle (31 May 2017). "Shaka Smart: Texas has a chance to take a 'really big jump as a program'". San Antonio News-Express. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Ricky O'Donnell (23 May 2017). "Mohamed Bamba is the most interesting basketball prospect in the world". SB Nation. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Nick Moyle (8 November 2017). "Texas' Shaka Smart puts together another stellar recruiting class". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Branch, John (March 26, 2011). "Coach Shaka Smart Has Become V.C.U.'s Brightest Star". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x1493.xml
  14. ^ http://www.marfdrat.net/2011/03/29/shaka-smart-as-only-a-brother-could-know-him/#.T2dHNHn63ch
  15. ^ Illinois Fighting Illini targeting VCU Rams coach Shaka Smart, according to source - ESPN Chicago
  16. ^ "Shaka Smart". University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Sun Sports & IMG College. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  17. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Coach Smart Is Going To Be a Father" Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  18. ^ Tyree, J.M. (25 March 2011). "Shaka Smart, VCU: What it's like being related to the hottest name in March Madness Slate Magazine". Slate. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  19. ^ Wise, Scott (6 May 2012). "Shaka Smart: "I support President Obama"". WTVR. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
External links
  • VCU profile
  • v
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VCU Rams men's basketball head coaches
  • Benny Dees (1968–1970)
  • Chuck Noe (1970–1976)
  • Dana Kirk (1976–1979)
  • J. D. Barnett (1979–1985)
  • Mike Pollio (1985–1989)
  • Sonny Smith (1989–1998)
  • Mack McCarthy (1998–2002)
  • Jeff Capel (2002–2006)
  • Anthony Grant (2006–2009)
  • Shaka Smart (2009–2015)
  • Will Wade (2015–2017)
  • Mike Rhoades (2017– )
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Texas Longhorns men's basketball head coaches
  • Magnus Mainland (1905–1907)
  • No team (1907–1908)
  • W. E. Metzenthin (1908–1911)
  • J. Burton Rix (1911–1912)
  • Carl Taylor (1912–1913)
  • L. Theo Bellmont (1913–1915)
  • Roy Henderson (1915–1916)
  • Eugene Van Gent (1916–1917)
  • Roy Henderson (1917–1919)
  • Berry Whitaker (1919–1920)
  • L. Theo Bellmont (1920–1922)
  • Milton Romney (1922–1923)
  • E. J. Stewart (1923–1927)
  • Mysterious Walker (1927–1931)
  • Ed Olle (1931–1934)
  • Marty Karow (1934–1936)
  • Jack Gray (1936–1942)
  • Bully Gilstrap (1942–1945)
  • Jack Gray (1945–1951)
  • Slue Hull (1951–1956)
  • Marshall Hughes (1956–1959)
  • Harold Bradley (1959–1967)
  • Leon Black (1967–1976)
  • Abe Lemons (1976–1982)
  • Bob Weltlich (1982–1988)
  • Tom Penders (1988–1998)
  • Rick Barnes (1998–2015)
  • Shaka Smart (2015– )
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Current men's basketball head coaches of the Big 12 Conference
  • Scott Drew (Baylor)
  • Steve Prohm (Iowa State)
  • Bill Self (Kansas)
  • Bruce Weber (Kansas State)
  • Lon Kruger (Oklahoma)
  • Mike Boynton (Oklahoma State)
  • Jamie Dixon (TCU)
  • Shaka Smart (Texas)
  • Chris Beard (Texas Tech)
  • Bob Huggins (West Virginia)


Shaka Smart: Havoc Pressure Defense (DVD)
Shaka Smart: Havoc Pressure Defense (DVD)
Discover the secrets of Shaka Smart's pressure defense system! Force your opponents into more turnovers. Make them take quick shots. Make them play under fatigue - leading to more mistakes. Learn the keys to a good trap: how to trap, who to trap and who not to, and where to trap - and what to do when a trap is broken. Features Shaka Smart, whose teams led the nation in steals and turnover margin in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons Features Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach;2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach;former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach; 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year. 2011 Final Four appearance. Four 27-win seasons (2009-2013). Pressure defense is a critical component of Coach Smart's Havoc style of play. More than just occasionally running a press, Havoc begins with a mindset, a philosophy and values. With Coach Smart's defensive system, you can trap your opponents anywhere on the court and force them to play at an up-tempo pace. In this instructional video, Coach Smart breaks down the two full-court presses that allowed his team to lead the nation in steals and turnover margin in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He also shares the five core values that go hand-in-hand with Havoc and have made his teams successful. On the court, Smart demonstrates the simple yet vital concept of how to trap. Learn how to close out correctly to the ball handler, force an obvious pass, and be "elastic" in the trap. He also provides off-the-ball directions. Smart stresses proper distance between your man and the ball, shares insights into the value of proper foot and hand fakes, and gets energized by players' willingness to get back-tips while running the press.

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Shaka Smart's 2013 Basketball Coaches Clinic
Shaka Smart's 2013 Basketball Coaches Clinic
with Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach; 2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach; former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach; 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year. 2011 Final Four appearance. Four 27-win seasons (2009-2013). • Discover breakdown drills that can be used with Shaka Smart's trademark "havoc defense" • Get a zone press defense to use as a secondary press to the havoc defense • Learn how to run a shell drill with intensity to build up your half-court man-to-man defense • Learn how to attack the 2-3 zone defense with plays that create penetration See how Shaka Smart, one of the brightest coaches in the game today, builds a winning program. This presentation gives you access to an early season practice. Over the span of 150 minutes, the Rams run a fast-paced workout with a focus on individual and team defense, breaking down offensive skills and learning to execute their game plan in competitive scenarios.

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Shaka Smart: High-Energy Practice Drills to Improve Individual Play
Shaka Smart: High-Energy Practice Drills to Improve Individual Play
with Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach; 2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach; former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach, 2012 CAA Tournament and 2015 A-10 Tournament Champions; 2011 Final Four; 2010 CBI Champions; 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year; in each of his six seasons as head coach at VCU, Coach Smart led VCU to over 25 wins, including four straight 27-win seasons (2009-2013). Learn drills for post players that increase coordination and improve the ability to finish around the basket Discover exercises for guards that boost shooting and ball handling skills Get toughness drills that train athletes to give multiple efforts and become stronger defenders If you're looking to build your players' individual skills in a team setting, then this on-court video by Shaka Smart will provide you with some great ideas. You will get drills and great insights from one of the college game's best young coaches. Coach Smart always brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to all of his sessions, but more importantly, he teaches everyone how to pass on that enthusiasm to the players on the court. Complete commitment is required for all participating when Smart is in charge!

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All Access Basketball Practice with Shaka Smart
All Access Basketball Practice with Shaka Smart
Learn key drills, strategies and techniques that Shaka Smart uses in practice to gain a competitive advantage on game day Learn how to shut down your opponent with drills that develop your defense and create competition between your players Learn Coach Smart's "Diamond" press, a staple of his pressure defense Learn an offense that spaces the floor and attacks with dribble penetration, as well as five different movements that take away predictability with Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach;2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach;former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach; 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year. 2011 Final Four appearance. Four 27-win seasons (2009-2013). Shaka Smart's teams are built around a mentality of toughness and hustle. In this All Access video, you will see how he instills this winning mentality in his players. Coach Smart displays his trademark enthusiastic flair as he pushes and motivates players through the installation of the famed "Havoc" attacking defensive and offensive systems. With footage from four practices, workouts and weights, you will get more than a glimpse at how Coach Smart builds a terrific program.

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Competitive Drills for Shooting, Ball Handling & Finishing
Competitive Drills for Shooting, Ball Handling & Finishing
with Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach; 2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach; former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach, 2012 CAA Tournament and 2015 A-10 Tournament Champions; 2011 Final Four appearance; 2010 CBI Champions; 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year; in each of his six seasons as head coach at VCU, Coach Smart led VCU to over 25 wins, including four straight 27-win seasons (2009-2013). • Learn four ball-handling drills that increase functionality of a player's weak-hand and develop an individual's move-set repertoire • Toughen up post players with a series of finishing drills to create a force in the paint • Develop a point system that gives you a way to get your players to compete against one another in practice Shaka Smart has demonstrated a talent for building a basketball program after leading Virginia Commonwealth University's rise to national prominence. A critical piece to the success of any program is maximizing the development of the player's athleticism, mentality, and skills. In this video, Smart unveils his philosophy behind how to create an environment where a player takes ownership over his game and feels responsible and devoted to his/her own development. In an individual workout setting, Smart demonstrates a package of drills; each with a 'standard' that must be met in order to beat the drill. He also shares his own program's records for these particular drills which makes meeting and exceeding each standard extra fun.

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Smart Texas Basketball 2017
Smart Texas Basketball 2017
Welcome to the second edition of Smart Texas Basketball. We are back for another year of basketball dissection. This time we’re leaner and hungrier; nobody believes in us so we’re here to shock the world. We’re just here to do our job, we’re happy to be here, we hope we can help the ballclub, we just want to give it our best job, and the good Lord willing, things will work out. We’re even in the best shape of our lives.#blessed#humble#riseandgrind#nodaysoffThis year presents a new challenge for us, recalibrating expectations and assumptions from a year of highs and lows. Well, mostly lows. We have another year of data on how Shaka Smart and his staff like to operate, another year of observations to inform our opinions and predictions, another year to fuel our wildly inappropriate speculations. We go into the season that was, the season that will be, and all that implies. We spend time looking at the expected impact of the incoming class, how the roster rearranges, and which players will benefit. We also look at the entire schedule, highlight which games will most likely dictate the outcome of the year, and dig into the team’s recruiting plans. If it pertains to Texas basketball, it’s in here.We hope this book will give you the tools necessary to understand what the Texas basketball program is attempting to achieve and will enhance your appreciation of the games. We hope this book entertains and informs in equal measure; if it does please send Jonny a line, if it doesn’t, tweet at Jeff. He’s much more willing to listen to a series of 140-character diatribes, it’s how he met Jonny in the first place.

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