Legendary basketball coach Tubby Smith, who guided the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA title, is in his second year with the University of Memphis program after becoming the 18th head coach in the storied history of the program.
Smith has a 576-289 career record as head coach at Memphis, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, and Minnesota, is a three-time National Coach of the Year, and in 2016 was named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year, Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, and John Wooden Legends of Coaching Award recipient. Since being named head coach at Memphis, Smith has also been the recipient of the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award. During a 10-year span between his tenures with three different programs (Tulsa, Georgia, and Kentucky), he advanced his team to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 or beyond eight times.
Both Coach Smith and The Coaching and Leadership Journal's founder/editor, Dan Spainhour are alumnus of High Point University.
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