The University of Northwestern Ohio is announcing the hiring of Andre Smith Sr. as the new head women’s basketball coach for the Racers. Smith will take over from interim head coach Jill Segura who stepped in after the mid-season resignation of John McGinty.
“Coach Smith brings a tremendous amount of first-hand knowledge to the table,” said Chris Adams, UNOH Director of Athletics. “We really liked that he has previous NAIA head coaching and administrative experiences prior to coming to UNOH. His practiced and accomplished background helped lead us to the decision of bringing him onboard here at UNOH.”
Smith brings with him 20-plus years of coaching and administrative leadership in the athletics arena most recently serving as the Director of Scouting and Player Development in two different professional basketball leagues. Prior to that Smith was the athletic Director and head men’s basketball Coach at Penn State Shenango. He has had stops at Lourdes University, Thiel College, Youngstown State University, International , The IBL League and IBA league as head coach and general manager.
“I want to give a special thanks to President Jarvis and Athletic Director Chris Adams for this excellent opportunity to represent this University on and off the court, “Said Smith. “I also want to extend my thanks to the search committee. I am extremely excited to be able to lead these young ladies to new heights.”
Smith begins his duties immediately at UNOH as he plans to meet with the current players and begins to formulate plans and recruitment for the 2021-2022 athletic season.