Press Box

August 10, 2005


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Dean Ellis the head menâ€Â™sbasketball coach at Northern Michigan University has announced the hiring ofTerry Smith as the associate head menâ€Â™s basketball coach.  Smith will replaceTroy Mattson who was named the head womenâ€Â™s basketball coach at NMU. 


Smith was the head menâ€Â™s basketball coach at Grand Valley State University from 1997-04 where he went 110-83.  His 110 victories is thesecond-highest total in Laker basketball history.  Smith led the Lakers to a21-9 record for the 2000-01 season, which included a GLIAC Tournament title anda berth in the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Tournament.  â€ÂœThis is a greatopportunity for me.  I was really interested in the job because of Dean Ellis,â€ÂSmith said.  â€ÂœI have great respect for him and his competitiveness.  It will befun to be an assistant again just for the purity of coaching.â€Â


Since leaving GVSU, Smith was ateacher and coach in the Hart Public Schools system (2004-05).  He was the headboyâ€Â™s basketball coach as he led the team to a 14-7 record in his first seasonat the helm.  The wins in the first season was more than the three previousseasons combined.  â€ÂœI am very pleased and excited that Terry Smith will becomethe associate head menâ€Â™s basketball coach at NMU.  He has a wealth of knowledgeabout NCAA II Basketball and especially the GLIAC.  His success as a headcoach, in all areas of running a program, will be a tremendous asset, Ellissaid.  â€ÂœBeing able to add such an experienced coach will be a major assistancein replacing Troy Mattson, my trusted assistant for 17 years.â€Â


For six seasons, Smith was the Lake Superior State University head menâ€Â™s basketball coach (1991-97) where he led the Lakers to a 71-84overall mark.  During the 1995-96 season Smith led the Lakers to 20-8 overallrecord and a 13-5 GLIAC slate as LSSU won the GLIAC regular season andtournament titles before advancing to the NCAA II National Tournament for thefirst time in school history.  He was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year by hispeers and earned Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors. 


The Crystal Falls, Mich. native earned a bachelorâ€Â™s degreein physical education with minors in history and health education from Michigan State University in 1984.  Smith has a masterâ€Â™s degree in physical education from Central Michigan University (1990) and a masterâ€Â™s-certificate in education leadership fromGVSU (2005).





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