G.G. Smith named head men’s basketball coach

By Loyola Athletics  |  Photo courtesy of Loyola Athletics

As G.G. Smith was making remarks to thank Loyola University Maryland for the opportunity to serve as head men’s basketball coach, his phone rang.

It was his father, Tubby Smith, the head men’s basketball coach for Texas Tech University.

His son took the call.

“Dad, what’s up?” he said into the phone. “I got the job at Loyola.”

And indeed he has. When Head Coach Jimmy Patsos announced April 3 that he had accepted the coaching job at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., Smith knew he wanted the job with the Greyhounds.

After all, after six seasons as an assistant coach for Loyola, he knows the program, and he knows where he would like to take it.
“We want to be the premier college basketball team in this area. That’s my vision,” he said
at the news conference announcing his
appointment.

Smith, 36, is the 20th head coach in Loyola history and takes the reins of a program that won 62 games over the last three seasons and reached the postseason in each of the last two.

“It is an honor to be asked to continue building on what Loyola men’s basketball has accomplished,” Smith said. “Loyola is a wonderful school that has been a great home for the last six years, and I look forward to leading the program going forward.”

As a member of the Loyola coaching staff, Smith helped guide the Greyhounds to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994 when Loyola won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 2012.

“I want to do everything we can to sustain the success we’ve had the last couple years,” Smith said. “There’s no reason we can’t go into this league with a splash and make a name for ourselves in the Patriot League.”

Smith, who was born in Leonardtown, Md., was a three-year starter at guard at the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He received his master’s degree in education in sports management from the University of Kentucky in 2002.

“G.G. is the right person to lead our men’s basketball program as Loyola transitions to the Patriot League next season,” said Jim Paquette, assistant vice president and director of athletics. “His knowledge of basketball, care for our student-athletes and desire to develop them as leaders has been evident in his time at Loyola, and we are excited that G.G. will build on the success Loyola basketball has achieved in recent years.”

Prior to joining the staff at Loyola for the 2007-2008 season, Smith was an assistant at Johns Hopkins University in 2006-2007, after spending two seasons, 2004-2006, at Armstrong Atlantic State University. From 2002-2003 he was an assistant at Tennessee Tech University.

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