Beverly "Bev" Smith (born April 4, 1960) is a Canadian basketball player and coach.

Smith played college basketball at the Oregon Ducks, where she was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American in 1981 and 1982.[1] Her 2004 team made the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, after finishing 2nd in the Pacific-10 Conference; that was her second 20-win season.[2] Oregon defeated Texas Christian University to advance to the 2nd round. In 2016, Smith was named to the Pac-12 women's basketball all-century team.[3]

Smith led Canada's national team to a medal in the 1999 Pan American Games.[4] While playing at Oregon, the team had a record of 93–19. She held school records for points in a game (38), points in a season (632), points in a career (2,063), rebounds in a game (26), rebounds in a season (376), rebounds in a career (1,362), and assists in a career (443).[5]

Smith played in Italian clubs Vicenza (1982-1985, 1989–1990) and Ferrara (1986-1988), winning three Italian championships and two European Cups. [6]

She was the women's basketball program head coach at the Oregon Ducks from 2001 to 2009, having succeeded controversial coach Jody Runge. She posted a Pac-10 conference record of 61-83 and an overall record of 123-121 [2] The 2002 team won the Women's National Invitation Tournament Championship. The 2005 team won a first-round game in the NCAA tournament.[7] The 2007 team received a bye in the WNIT and won a second-round game.

Later she became the assistant coach for the Canadian Women's National Team[4] and helped lead the team to back-to-back gold medals in 2015 at the Pan American Games in Toronto and the FIBA Americas in Edmonton, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. [8]

She is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. [6] In 2004, Smith was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee.[9]

References

  1. ^ "WBCA All-Americans: 1975-2015". espn.com. April 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Smith fired after eight seasons as UO coach". The Oregonian. March 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "SMITH NAMED TO ALL-CENTURY TEAM". goducks.com. March 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Senior women's national team staff announced ahead of tryout". basketball.ca. May 10, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bev Smith - Women's Basketball Coach - University of Oregon Athletics". goducks.com. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Bev Smith. Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website". olympic.ca. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bears Too Much for Ducks". Associated Press. March 21, 2005.
  8. ^ Smith, Doug (March 1, 2016). "An honour like few others for Canadian hoops icon Bev Smith". Toronto Star.
  9. ^ "Bev Smith - Women's Basketball Hall of Fame". WBHOF. Retrieved March 19, 2020.