Shaka Smart is Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Coach

March 31, 2009

Meet Shaka Smart, the new Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Coach. Read a biography of Shaka Smart plus see video below.

Several sports news outlets are reporting that Shaka Smart is the new head coach for Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball. Smart, who was previously a Florida assistant, takes the helm after Anthony Grant left VCU last week to coach Alabama.

An official from VCU said an announcement regarding Smart’s hiring will come on Thursday.

Shaka Smart Biography

As a biography, Shaka Smart was born on April 8, 1977, so his age is 31. He originally is from Madison, Wisconsin. He played basketball at Kenyon College, starting all four years and was captain for thee. He was one of the athletes chosen for the 1999 USA Today All-USA Academic team. He graduated in 1999, Magna Cum Laude, with a History degree.

Smart was assistant coach at California University of Pennsylvania from 1999 – 2001, and while there he received his Master’s Degree in Social Science. He was Director of Basketball Operations at Dayton University from 2001-2003, Assistant Coach at Akron from 2003-2006, Assistant Coach for Clemson University from 2006-2008 and most recently the Assistant Coach for the University of Florida, where he was hired on June 2, 2008.

What do you think, folks? Was Shaka Smart Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Coach a wise choice? Leave your comments below.

See video of Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball below.

Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Video
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2 Responses to “Shaka Smart is Virginia Commonwealth University Basketball Coach”

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    Ken Says:

    VCU has a history of great hires in Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant (whom not many casual basketball fans knew of before he came to VCU). VCU created the Villa 7 consortium which connects ADs to up and coming assistant coaches and has this process down to a science – – no search firms allowed at VCU. VCU has top 25 basketball talent – – expect Shaka to have what he needs to win immediately.

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    Jason Pietramale Says:

    The Shaka Smart hire looks great now, especially since he just took VCU to their first Final Four in school history. Congrats to Shaka and VCU. He will definitely be a top coaching candidate, and teams like Missouri and Oklahoma should be calling real soon. Tennessee (who just hired Missouri St coach Counzo Martin) should have waited to see if Shaka Smart would have gave them a look, but with recruiting violations on the way their were better jobs on the horizon!