Quotes from new Head Men's Basketball Coach Patrick Smith
Thursday, May 13, 2004
May 13, 2003

• General comments on being hired as head coach at Bemidji State
I first want to say that I am extremely honored and pleased to be the next head men’s basketball coach at Bemidji State University. When this opportunity came along and I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for this job it was a really easy decision to take this job once it was offered to me. A major goal of mine has been to get to a four-year school that has a good program that gives me a good chance to win. I am very fortunate that Bemidji State has given me the opportunity to reach that goal.

I think Coach Guiot did a tremendous job in the years that he was here and I want to continue building on the success he built here. I inherited a very talented group and I am looking forward to coaching this team and I told every one of the players that we owe it to all of the current seniors to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

I have worked at a lot of community colleges, but I have never been to a school that has 17 sports and I am going to enjoy supporting the other programs here.

• Draw to BSU
When looking at Bemidji State I saw commitment, an active community, an active college campus and that offered a lot of allure to me.

• Recruiting
Number one, we need our players to get their bachelor’s degree and for those that are capable we want to help them play some level of pro ball. I believe it is my job as a recruiter to go and recruit guys that are good enough to play pro ball. Obviously, recruiting will take top priority in the near future because of our time constraints.

• Biggest challenge to begin coaching at BSU
I think the biggest challenge I have coming in here is to have our players incorporated into everything I am trying to do as a coach. My biggest thing is to reach out to my seniors to make sure they have great senior years, but also that they thoroughly enjoy that time. I want our kids to have great memories when they are done here.

• Goals for next season
We have a good nucleus of players coming back and what we need to do is add to that nucleus. Everything we do will start with the toughness of this team. This is a good league (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference), but it is a winnable league and we might as well try to win it two years in a row. I do know that we are going to press teams from the time they get off the bus and run the court every possession.
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