David G. Smith
B.A., Methodist College
As Monarch head coach, the two-time USA South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year has compiled a mark of 163-181 with four conference regular season championships, two conference tournament championships and two trips to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Over the last 13 seasons, Methodist has a conference record of 93-71 under Smith. In his 13 seasons, he has produced 22 All-Conference selections, as well as a USA South Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and two USA South Tournament Most Valuable Players.
In 2004-05, Smith led Methodist to its best season since the 1996-97 season as the Monarchs posted a 20-8 overall mark and a 10-2 mark in the USA South for the conference regular season title. That was followed by a dominating performance in the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament and a second straight bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The highlight of the season was a 13-game winning streak, the program's longest streak since the 1996-97 season.
That season's success came on the heals of banner 2003-04 season. Smith led Methodist to an 18-10 overall record and 11-3 mark in the USA South Athletic Conference and the conference regular season championship. That was followed by the triumphant USA South Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and the team's first bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament in seven years. Smith was honored as the USA South Coach of the Year.
Methodist built on the 2003-04 season after a 17-10 mark and a share of the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in the 2002-03 season. It marked both the first DIAC championship and the most victories in a season for the Monarchs since the 1996-97. The Monarchs also finished 12-2 in the DIAC, their best record in conference play since the 1996-97 season, and Smith was honored as DIAC Coach of the Year.
Overall, Smith has paced the Monarchs to five winning seasons in his 13 years, with marks of 14-11 in 2000-01 and 16-11 in 2001-02.
Smith had previously served the Monarchs as an assistant varsity coach for the four seasons under former head coach and current Methodist athletic director Bob McEvoy, in addition to serving as the head junior varsity coach.
Smith was a three-year starter at guard under head coach Charlie Babb at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville. As a freshman at Methodist, he was part of the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1978 led by head coach Joe Miller. After attending graduate school for one year at the University of North Carolina, Smith played one season professionally with the Derby Rams in England. He has served as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at South View High School in Hope Mills, N.C., as well as the head varsity coach at Keystone Heights High School in Florida for seven years.
Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Methodist in 1981. He and his wife Corinne are proud parents of daughter Gabrielle.