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Highland's Smith Named National Coach of the Yearpublished April 3, 2012
Highland’s Smith Named National Coach of the Year
B.J. Smith, head coach of the Highland Community College women’s basketball team, has been named 2012 Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year on the community college level. He joins Baylor University head coach Kim Mulkey for NCAA Division I, Sue Ramsey of Ashland University for NCAA Division II, Mia Smith of Illinois Wesleyan University for NCAA Division III, and Steve Brooks of Indiana Wesleyan University for the NAIA.
“The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association congratulates Coach Smith on being named the 2012 Russell Athletic/WBCA Community College National Coach of the Year,” said Beth Bass of the WBCA. “He was selected by his peers and is deserving of this honor after a terrific season.”
Smith finished his first season as head coach at Highland Community College with a 28-4 record and NJCAA Division II District B finals appearance. The Scotties not only enjoyed their most successful season in history – cracking the top 10 national rankings – but also their first winning season since 1984 and a second-place finish in the Jayhawk East Conference.