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SG Katie Smith (Head Coach New York Liberty, HOF)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by BB73, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator
  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Ohio State’s Katie Smith named head coach of New York Liberty
    Ohio State women’s basketball legend Katie Smith is the new head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty, the team announced Monday.

    This is the first head coaching job for Smith, who was the first women’s basketball player at Ohio State to have her jersey retired. She had previously been an assistant for the Liberty working for Bill Laimbeer, who reportedly moved on to take a job as general manager and coach of the San Antonio Stars, who are moving to Las Vegas.

    Smith has been preparing for this job for a while.

    “I’d like to be a head coach, yes, whether it be in the pros or college, but definitely at some point I’d like to take that challenge on,” Smith told The Columbus Dispatch last year. “I do enjoy it. I enjoy working with the players on the floor, practice, but also scheming, watching film, trying to figure out how we can have success.”

    Smith had an extensive WNBA career, playing for the Minnesota Lynx, Detroit Shock, Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm and the Liberty during her 15 years in the league.

    “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to promote Katie Smith — unquestionably one of the best to ever play the game of basketball —- to head coach of the New York Liberty,” team president Isiah Thomas said in statement. “Katie has transitioned from an all-time great player to phenomenal coach during her time with the Liberty, which has included the most successful stretch of basketball in franchise history.”
  3. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    Former Ohio State guard Katie Smith will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
    Updated Feb 12, 8:36 PM; Posted Feb 12, 8:24 PM
    Former Ohio State star Katie Smith was named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Monday.(Jessica Hill, Associated Press)


    By Tim Bielik,

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One of Ohio State's greatest women's basketball players will be enshrined into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Katie Smith was named as a member of the 2018 class on Monday and will be officially enshrined in June.

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    In her collegiate career, Smith had 20.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Smith is No. 3 in scoring in Ohio State history (2,578 points) and still holds the school records for free throws made (708) and attempted (845).

    She was a two-time WNBA champion and helped the United States win three Olympic gold medals. As a pro, she scored 13.4 points per game and was a seven-time All-Star.

    Joining Smith in the Class of 2018 are Ceal Barry, Rose Marie Battaglia, Chris Dailey, Mickie DeMoss, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tina Thompson.
  4. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck I Don't Want Any Trouble but People Need Banners!

    Katie was a really good women's college basketball player back in the day. Almost brought Ohio State a national championship. Her induction is long overdue.
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  5. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    She should also be inducted here:
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  6. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck I Don't Want Any Trouble but People Need Banners!

  7. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Congrats to Katie on making the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame! Well deserved.

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018
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  8. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    I hope she establishes her coaching chops with the Liberty. I'm not a big McGuff fan, and while I'm also usually not on the "X former OSU great should be a head coach at OSU" bandwagon, Katie Smith is the exception to that rule for me. I hope OSU can bring her home to take the women's program to where it should be at some point.
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  9. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Urban Renewal Project

    Heck yeah. Would love to see her challenge ND and UCONN for national supremacy. No reason why we shouldn't with OSU's facilities and recruiting base.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  11. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Urban Renewal Project

    The question is would Katie, who's supremely qualified, ever really want to coach her alma mater? She's already one of the greatest Buckeyes ever, could she make Mt Rushmore if she lead the Buckeyes to a National Championship? I would say YES.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  14. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    What a wonderful tribute to Ohio State that speech is...what a wonderful athlete she remains.
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