Warriors’ Coach Steve Smith was named this week as the Naismith Boys’ High School Coach of the Year, the first time the award has been bestowed on the veteran Oak Hill coach.
In announcing the award, the Naismith program noted that Smith has led Oak Hill to a 38-0 record in what many believed would be a rebuilding year for the Warriors, especially after losing to graduation Brandon Jennings, the reigning Naismith National Boy’s High School Player of the Year.
Along the way Oak Hill has defeated 10 nationally-ranked opponents, all on the road. In 24 seasons, Smith has amassed a 756-44 record, and his teams have claimed seven mythical national championships. Smith also coached Ron Mercer, who was the 1995 recipient of the Naismith National Boy’s High School Player of the Year award while starring for Oak Hill.
Winners were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, a collection of leading basketball journalists and administrators from around the country, based on performances over the course of the season. For more on the program, visit NaismithAwards.com.