Alumnus Brad Smith honored by Basketball Hall of Fame

Brad Smith was honored by the National Basketball Hall of FameBrad Smith, a member of the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame and prominent high school girls’ basketball coach, has been selected to receive the 2012 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball as announced Feb. 9 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Smith, a 1975 graduate of George Fox, led the Oregon City (Ore.) High School girls’ team to a 654-94 record, an .874 winning percentage, in 27 seasons, including an incredible 103-2 record from 1993-97. His teams won 25 league titles and 10 large-school Oregon state championships before he retired in 2006. Oregon City was named the “national champion” by USA Today in 1995, 1996 and 1997. 

Smith received numerous honors during his coaching career, including the National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, and the Oregon Banquet of Champions Slats Gill Coach of the Year and Citizen of the Year in 2007.

At George Fox, Smith played baseball but not basketball, graduating with a degree in psychology while minoring in sociology/social work. He was inducted into the George Fox Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 1998.

Smith was selected for the national hall of fame honor along with boys’ basketball coach Ed Pepple from Mercer Island (Wash.) High School. Morgan Wootten will present the awards in person to the winners at the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game events this March in Chicago.

“I am extremely honored to be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Coach Pepple and Coach Smith, as they both represent excellence in the game of basketball at all levels,” said Wootten, who is one of two high school coaches enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, inducted in the Class of 2000.

The annual award is presented to one boys’ coach and one girls’ coach who are selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others who have made a significant impact on the game.  

According to John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, “Coach Pepple and Coach Smith are both great ambassadors to the game of basketball. They have impacted the lives of many young student athletes, and we are honored to recognize their achievements in coaching high school basketball.”