South Carolina State University officially introduced Audra Smith as its next women's basketball coach at a press briefing, Thursday.
Smith comes to Orangeburg following a five-year stint as head coach at Clemson.
She succeeds Doug Robertson whose contract was not renewed in March following a 10-year tenure and 112-175 overall record (61-99 MEAC). The Lady Bulldogs went 12-18 in his final season.
Ironically Smith was let go at Clemson in March following an 11-19 season (1-15 ACC). Her overall record for the Tigers was 52=99 (9-70 ACC)
“When I looked at Coach Smith, I was impressed, first of all, with her pedigree,” SCSU Athletics Director Stacy Danley said.
This will be Smith's third head coaching position. Before Clemson, she spent nine years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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A teammate of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley when both were at Virginia, Smith said that the atmonphere and community helped her choose S.C. State has her next coaching opportunity.
“I’m excited to be here because all of the opportunities and the possibilities that are here,” Smith said.
“It will really be an exciting time for Bulldog women’s basketball.”