Patrick Smith Hired as Bemidji State Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Thursday, May 6, 2004
May 6, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced Patrick Smith as the 18th head men’s basketball coach at Bemidji State. Smith comes from Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo. where he was head men’s basketball coach and athletic director for the past three seasons.

“I am thrilled with Patrick because he is an optimist and really wants to get things done,” said Goeb. “His positive approach really stood out. We got a coach who is a proven winner, who has great recruiting contacts and an excellent reputation. Everyone we talked to who knows him speaks highly of Patrick.”

“He has been looking for a place like Bemidji State. He likes the wonderful environment BSU offers and this is a great place for his family.”

• Patrick Smith - 21-year head coach in the junior college ranks
Before making the move to the NCAA level at Bemidji State, Smith held head coaching positions at the junior college level for 20 years. Beginning at now-defunct Sue Bennett Junior College (Ky.) in 1982, Smith made his way from St. Catharine Junior College (Ky.) in the early 1980s to two schools in Illinois from 1988-1994. After that, he passed through programs in Kansas, Texas and Missouri in addition to an assistant role at NCAA Division I, University of Miami. Throughout his career there has been one constant for the native of Somerset, Ky. - winning.

“I am fired up about this opportunity,” said Smith. “I am impressed with the campus, the character of the players and the University’s commitment to the athletic program as a whole. Coach Guiot had a great program there and I plan on continuing that success. I am tremendously excited and honored about coaching men’s basketball at Bemidji State.”

As head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at Moberly since 2001, Smith engineered his program to an NJCAA Region 16 Tournament Championship and a 28-5 mark in 2003-04. He mentored freshman Eddie Smith to recognition on the NJCAA Division I All-America Honorable Mention team. His stay at Moberly saw his club take fifth place at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2001-02 and post a three-year mark of 69-32 (.683).

Smith spent five seasons at Jacksonville CC (Tex.) prior to Moberly where he enjoyed four winning seasons and a 78-65 (.545) overall log. His 1996-97 team made it to No. 14 in the NJCAA poll. He took a year off from his stint at Jacksonville to be an assistant coach at Miami in 1997-98. While at Miami, he helped the Hurricanes advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 38 years.

Turning around losing programs was a constant of Smith. His 58 wins in three years (1985-88) at St. Catharine Junior College (Ky.) followed a two-year span in which the program had just one combined win. At Lincoln Land CC (Ill.), Smith inherited a program stuck on losing. In his three years there (1988-91), he averaged 20 wins - the 27 previous seasons, Lincoln compiled just one winning campaign.

Wabash CC (Ill.) did not have a winning record the three years prior to his arrival in 1991 - it was 47-52 (.475). Smith came on board and tallied three 25-win seasons and finished seventh at the NJCAA National Tournament in 1992-93.

Overall, Smith has averaged 22 wins per season since 1991-92 and holds a 416-272 (.605) junior college career mark. Entering the 2003-04 season, Smith ranked No. 40 on the NJCAA winningest active coaching list. He is a six-time Coach of the Year ranging from conference to region honors.

Year College Record Notable Accomplishments
•1982-83 Sue Bennett Junior College (Ky.)* 4-25
•1983-84 Sue Bennett Junior College (Ky.)* 9-16
•1984-85 Sue Bennett Junior College (Ky.)* 18-14
•1985-86 St. Catharine Junior College (Ky.) 16-14
•1986-87 St. Catharine Junior College (Ky.) 22-10 Kentucky Junior College Coach of the Year
•1987-88 St. Catharine Junior College (Ky.) 20-11
•1988-89 Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.) 18-14
•1989-90 Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.) 19-13
•1990-91 Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.) 22-9 School record wins
•1991-92 Wabash Valley College (Ill.) 27-12
•1992-93 Wabash Valley College (Ill.) 26-11 Illinois Junior College Coach of the Year; 7th-place at NJCAA Nationals
•1993-94 Wabash Valley College (Ill.) 29-3 Illinois Junior College Coach of the Year; No. 7 in NJCAA poll
•1994-95 Barton County Community College (Kan.) 21-10
•1995-96 Jacksonville College (Tex.) 19-11
•1996-97 Jacksonville College (Tex.) 15-5 No. 14 in NJCAA poll
•1997-98 University of Miami (Fla.)^ 18-11 Made 1st NCAA appearance in 38 years
•1998-99 Jacksonville College (Tex.) 5-25
•1999-2000 Jacksonville College (Tex.) 21-10
•2000-01 Jacksonville College (Tex.) 18-14
•2001-02 Moberly Area Community College (Mo.) 30-7 NJCAA Region 16 Coach of the Year; 5th-place at NJCAA Nationals
•2002-03 Moberly Area Community College (Mo.) 11-20
•2003-04 Moberly Area Community College (Mo.) 28-5 No. 13 in NJCAA poll; NJCAA Region Champions
Overall Record: 416-272 (.605)#

*now defunct
^Assistant coach
#Based on available records