Steve Smith, who helped coach Clemson to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, has joined the Florida State men’s basketball staff.
“I have known Coach Smith for a decade or more, and he is well respected in our profession,” coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He knows the ACC, and he knows the brand of basketball we play at Florida State. I’m confident he will be an outstanding addition to our staff.”
During his seven seasons at Clemson, Smith recruited and coached three of the Tigers’ top players in two-time All-ACC selection Jaron Blossomgame, 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year K.J. McDaniels and Donte Grantham. He helped lead the Tigers to the semifinals of the 2014 NIT in addition to their run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Clemson finished tied for third in the ACC standings in 2018.
A native of Varnville, S.C., Smith was an assistant coach at both Georgia Southern (2010-12) and USC Upstate (2002-09) before coaching at Clemson during one of the best seven-year periods in the history of the program.
Smith and his wife, Fran, have three children: daughters Tayler (20, a junior in college) and Karsyn, 6, and a son, Jordan, 11.
FSU’s season begins at ACC rival Pittsburgh. The Seminoles’ non-conference slate is set, with dates below:
Nov. 6 – at Pittsburgh
Nov. 15 – Western Carolina
Nov. 20 – Chattanooga
Nov. 23 – St. Francis (Pa.)
Nov. 25 – Chicago State
Nov. 29 – vs. Tennessee at Emerald Coast Classic (Niceville, Fla.)
Nov. 30 – vs. Purdue or VCU at Emerald Coast Classic (Niceville, Fla.)
Dec. 3 – at Indiana in ACC / Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 17 – North Florida
Dec. 21 – Team TBA at Orange Bowl Classic (Sunrise, Fla.)
Dec. 28 – North Alabama