Monday June 2, 2008UF Men's Hoops Adds Shaka Smart As Assistant Coach
replaces Lewis Preston who left
“We’re very excited to have Shaka as part of our program,” Donovan said. “There are many people who I trust and respect in the coaching community that have had nothing but great things to say about Shaka, his work ethic, and his knowledge of the game.”
regarded as one of the top young assistants in the nation, the 31-year-old
Smart comes to
Prior to his tenure at Clemson, Smart was a three-year assistant at Akron, helping the Zips to a 23-10 record in 2005-06, their highest victory total since becoming a Division-I program in 1980-81. The Zips went 14-4 in league play that year and advanced to the Second Round of the postseason NIT.
stay at Clemson was also his second run with head coach Oliver Purnell. Smart was the Director of Basketball Operations
for Purnell at
He joined Purnell’s staff after getting his first assistant job directly out of college, spending two years at California University of Pennsylvania, where he helped his squad to a 40-16 mark.
played his college basketball at