Patrick Smith is no stranger to Greyhound Basketball. He coached the team from 2001-2004 with two national tournament appearances. As head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at MACC, Smith engineered his program to a NJCAA Region 16 Tournament Championship. He mentored freshman Eddie Smith to recognition on the NCJAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention Team.
Smith coached at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX from 2006 until coming back to Moberly in 2012.
Before Trinity Valley, he worked as the head men’s basketball coach at Bemidji State in Minnesota for two seasons.
Smith has served as head coach at a variety of colleges, both at the junior college and NCAA levels. He served as a head coach at the community college level for more than 20 years. He began his career at the now-defunct Sue Bennett Junior College in Kentucky.
In 1982, he coached at St. Catharine Junior College in Kentucky and at Lincoln Land Community College and Wabash Valley College in Illinois.
He has also passed through programs in Kansas and Texas in addition to serving as an assistant coach for Division I University of Miami.
Prior to his first stint in Moberly, Smith spent five seasons at Jacksonville Community College in Texas, where he enjoyed four winning seasons and a 78-65 overall record. His 1996-97 team made it to No. 14 in the NJCAA poll. After coaching at Jacksonville for three seasons, he took a year off from the school to be an assistant coach at Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 38 years. He then returned to Jacksonville for two more winning seasons.
Turning around losing programs has been one of Smith’s constant attributes. His 58 wins in three years at St. Catherine followed a two-year span in which the program had just one combined win. At Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois, Smith inherited a program stuck on losing. In his three years there from 1988 to 1991, he averaged 20 wins. In the 27 previous seasons, the team had compiled just one winning campaign. Wabash CC also did not have a winning record the three years prior to Smith’s arrival in 1991. Smith came on board and tallied three 25-win seasons and finished seventh at the NJCAA National Tournament in 1992-93.
Overall, Smith has averaged 22 wins per season since 1991-92 and holds a 401-261 junior college career mark. He is a six-time coach of the year and has received both conference and region honors.
Fast Facts about Coach Smith
|Full Name:||Patrick Smith|
|Children:||Jared(25), Cameron(20), Sloane(16), Scout(5)|
|Hobbies:||Spending time with family, coaching basketball, working out|
|1982-85||Sue Bennett Jr. College||30-53 record NLCAA National Tournament(3rd place)|
|1985-88||St. Catharine Jr. College||55-40 record|
|1988-91||Lincoln Land CC(Ill.)||59-37 (22 wins last season most in school’s history)|
|1991-94||Wabash Valley College(Ill.)||85-26 record Won 27, 26 and 29 games|
7th place in NJCAA Nationals(1992-93)
9th place in NJCAA Nationals(1993-94)
Two Conference Titles(1992-93, 93-94)
NJCAA Region Coach of the Year(91-92/92-93)
Great Rivers Athletic Conf. Coach of Year(92-92/93-94)
|1994-95||Barton Co. Comm. College||21-10|
|1995-97||Jacksonville College||89-65 1996-97 Team ranked #7 in final national poll|
|1997-98||University of Miami||18-11 NCAA National Tournament (asst. coach)|
|2001-04||Moberly Area Comm. College||69-32 5th Place National Tournament(2001-02)|
Region XVI Championhip(01-02,03-04)
Region XVI Regular Season Champs(01-02,03-04)
Top 15 National Rankings(01-02, 03-04)
|2004-06||Bemidji State University||33-25 2nd and 3rd place Conference finish|
Conference semis both seasons
|2006-12||Trinity Valley Comm. College||Conference Champion(2010-11)|
91-36 record last four seasons
9th place national ranking in final poll(2010-11)
Director of Region Basketball(2010-12)
Recorded 500th career victory