Jeff Smith is entering the fifth year of his second stint with the Chippewas.
Smith's main focus at CMU has been on the formation and implementation of an organized recruiting strategy as well opponent scouting and preparation.
On the court, his area of expertise is defense. With Smith at the forefront of recruiting efforts over the past fourth years, vital roots have been firmly established throughout the Midwest and the fruits of that labor are coming to bear.
For the 2015-16 season, CMU brought in a highly regarded class that includes 6-foot-11 Innocent Nwoko along with 6-foot-6 Cecil Williams, a transfer from Moberly Area (Mo.) Community College. Also in the class are guards Matty Smith, Kevin McKay and Ellis Jeffereson, along with sharpshooting forward David DiLeo.
For the 2015-16 season, CMU brought in highly regarded big men, 6-11 forward Luke Meyer and 6-9 forward DaRohn Scott. Meyer has started every game of his CMU career, while Scott has developed into a solid post presence, particularly on the defensive end.
Among the other top recruits during Smith's time with the program is Braylon Edwards, who enters his senior season with a reputation as one of the most explosive players in the Mid-American Conference.
Defense has played a large role in the CMU program's rise to prominence as the Chippewas have won back-to-back MAC West titles and have made consecutive postseason appearances.
Smith joined the CMU men's program as a graduate assistant in May 1997 and served in that capacity for two years before being promoted to assistant coach. Shortly thereafter, he helped the 2000-01 Chippewas to a 20-8 record and a Mid-American Conference title.
Smith was on the CMU bench until September 2002 when he joined the staff at Oakland. The Bay City, Mich., native and 1995 Alma College graduate became the associate head coach at Oakland, helping the Golden Grizzlies to a 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship and a win in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
He was largely responsible for a 2005 recruiting class that was ranked 23rd in the nation by Hoop Scoop. After a successful five-year tenure that included two Mid-Con Players of the Year, Smith joined Jim Boylen's staff at Utah and helped the Utes to the 2009 Mountain West Conference title and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Smith played for two seasons at Alma College before a knee injury ended his career. He then worked with the program for two years as a student assistant and was named Alma's head junior varsity coach during his senior season. He was an assistant coach at Albion College from 1995-97.
|1995-96||Albion College||Assistant Coach|
|1996-97||Albion College||Assistant Coach|
|1997||Albion College||Assistant Coach|
|1997-98||Central Michigan||Graduate Assistant|
|1998-99||Central Michigan||Graduate Assistant|
|1999-00||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2000-01||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2001-02||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2002-03||Oakland University||Assistant Coach|
|2003-04||Oakland University||Assistant Coach|
|2004-05||Oakland University||Assistant Coach|
|2005-06||Oakland University||Associate Head Coach|
|2006-07||Oakland University||Associate Head Coach|
|2007-08||University of Utah||Assistant Coach|
|2008-09||University of Utah||Assistant Coach|
|2009-10||University of Utah||Assistant Coach|
|2010-11||University of Utah||Assistant Coach|
|2011-12||UC Riverside||Assistant Coach|
|2012-13||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2013-14||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2014-15||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2015-16||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
Alma College (1995)
Alma College (1990-91)