Mr. Stephen Smith '77 - 2002 A Award Recipient

Bio from 2002

Steve Smith is beginning his twenty-fourth year as Head Coach of the Oak Hill Academy Warriors. Smith first came to Oak Hill in 1983 as an assistant, later taking the head coaching position at the beginning of the 1985 season.  Coach Smith achieved his 700th win last season and his overall record at Oak Hill is now 756-44.  He has maintained a winning percentage of 94.5% while playing the top teams across the country.  Coach Smith’s winning percentage is the highest in high school basketball history.

Smith has recorded two 40-win seasons (2005-06, 2006-07), and boasts a 65-game win streak (2000-2002).  He was named National High School Coach of the Year by USA TODAY in 1994, 1999, 2004, and is the only coach to have received this honor three times.   He was also named as the Naismith National High School Coach of the year in 2009.  His teams have claimed seven mythical National Championships (1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007), and they have been runners-up five times as well (1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006).

In Smith’s 23 years at Oak Hill, 24 of his players have been selected as McDonald’s All Americans – more than any other high school in the country.  Smith has also coached an impressive twenty-two NBA Draftees and over 125 Division I athletes.  He has served as head coach for the McDonald’s Capitol Classic (1989), the Jordan Classic (2002, 2007), the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic (1991, 1994), the Kentucky Derby Festival (1991, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003), The NIKE-Chicago Sun Times All-Star Classic (1993), the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic (1994), and the McDonald’s All-American Game in St. Louis (1995), and the Nike World Global Challenge in Portland, Oregon (2007).   Coach Smith has spoken at numerous basketball clinics and camps across the United States, as well as in France, Italy and The Netherlands.

Smith is a 1977 graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and received his M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University. He has two children, Stephanie (26) and Sean (25), with his wife, Lisa.

Other 2002 A Award Recipients

Dr. Cullen Rivers ‘67
Mr. Gregory Van Tatenhove ‘82