Todd Smith was an assistant basketball coach at Rice for 18 seasons (1989-07). Below is the final bio written about Smith, penned prior to the 2006-07 season.
Todd Smith begins his 18th year with the Owls and has the longest consecutive term of any staff member on the Rice men's coaching staff. Smith was elevated to his current position seven years ago after serving as the third assistant for the five years prior (1991-96). Previously, he had served as the graduate assistant coach for two years (1989-91).
Highlights from his tenure include helping the program achieve more than 150 wins, the first 20-win season in more than 40 years and the first postseason win since 1953.
For the Owls, Smith is involved in almost all aspects of the program. The myriad of duties that fall under his umbrella of responsibilities are travel, equipment, scouting, recruiting, and the planning of practice and workout schedules. In 18 years of service at Rice, Smith has had the opportunity to coach each player position.
Rice standout Brent Scott, the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, was among his first pupils at the post position. When he later changed to working with the guards in 1998-99, Robert Johnson finished 13th in the nation in scoring. He also had immediate impact assisting with his first recruiting class. His first class included future all-WAC honoree Mike Wilks and when that group came of age in 1998-99, Rice won 18 games and finished third in the conference.
A former four-year basketball letterman at Valparaiso University, Smith played three years for his father (Tom Smith) and his final season for current coach Homer Drew. Smith finished his collegiate playing career ranked third on the Crusaders' all-time assists list with 368. He is also sixth on the schools' list for career steals. He graduated from Valparaiso in 1989 earning a B.S. in physical education and communications.
The 40-year-old Smith, who was born in Valparaiso, Ind., played high school basketball at Valparaiso High. He was an all-conference prep performer, leading the Vikings to the "Sweet 16" in a state that is fanatic about its high school basketball. After graduating from high school in 1984, he went on to play at the next level for his father in his hometown.
He and his wife, Ketti (Rice, '88), have three sons, Turner (13), Tate (10), and Jace (7), and a daughter, Sadie (5). They reside in Pearland.
Personal: Full Name: Todd Thomas Smith. Born: July 26, 1966, Valparaiso, Ind. Wife: Kettie. Sons: Turner, Tate, Jace. Daughter: Sadie.
Education: High School: Valparaiso H.S. in Valparaiso, Ind., 1984. College: B.S. in physical education and communications, Valparaiso University, 1989.
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