Alumnus named Naismith Boys’ National High School Coach of the Year
By Heidi Heater, a senior from Jackson, Ky.
WILMORE, KY—Oak Hill Academy’s Coach Steve Smith ’77 was named the Naismith Boys’ National High School Coach of the Year. This marks the first time the veteran Warriors’ coach has received this award.
While many thought this season at Oak Hill would be one of rebuilding, Smith led his team to a 38-0 record. Throughout the year, Oak Hill defeated 10 nationally-ranked opponents. Smith’s 24-season coaching record is 756-44, and his teams have won seven national championships.
Throughout his career Smith has coached basketball greats, including Ron Mercer, Steve Blake, Ty Lawson, Rajon Rondo, Jerry Stackhouse and Marcus Williams.
The Warriors recently defeated Montrose Christian to earn the No. 1 ranking in both ESPN Rise and PrepNation.com polls, two of the nation’s top basketball polls. The team is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today rankings.
The Warriors are scheduled to close the season the first week of April at the ESPN-televised National High School Invitational outside Washington, D.C., a tournament that includes several top-ranked teams and may determine the nation’s top team.
Naismith winners are selected based season performance by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, a collection of leading basketball journalists and administrators from around the country. For more on the program, visit NaismithAwards.com.
Smith is married to Lisa Smith ’81 and they have two children. He is the twin brother of senior development director Stu Smith ’77 and the son of former professor Dr. Winston ’50 and Lynn Smith.