Asbury Alum Reaches A Coaching Milestone
Steve Smith, a 1977 graduate from Asbury University, surpassed another amazing milestone as a high-school basketball coach this week.
As his Oak Hill Academy (Va.) Warriors rolled to a 28-point victory over Iolani High in the quarterfinals of the Iolani Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Smith earned his 800th career victory as a high school coach.
Smith — the twin brother of longtime Asbury Chaplain and current Development Office staff member Rev. Stu Smith — is in his 26th season as coach at Oak Hill. He has been named USA Today National Coach of the Year three times and the Naismith Boys’ High School Coach of the Year once.
Annually one of the top teams in the nation, Oak Hill’s record under Smith’s leadership is an astounding 800-49, a winning percentage of 94 percent (the highest in high school basketball history). Oak Hill entered the game against Iolani ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today and ESPN RISE national polls.
Smith is the son of Dr. Winston Smith, a 1950 graduate of Asbury who started the basketball program at the University and taught in the biology department there for more than 30 years. Both Steve and Winston Smith are members of the Asbury Athletic Hall of Fame.
Steve Smith met his wife Lisa while at Asbury, and both of their children are Asbury graduates.