The top honor in women’s basketball was awarded this month to George Fox University graduate and longtime Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith (G75). Already bestowed with impressive recognition, Smith was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 13.
Smith, 60, is one of just six individuals who was honored as part of the hall’s 17th class. Selection is made based on moral character, integrity, sportsmanship, record of performance, ability, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball. Smith’s selection was announced during the WNBA All-Star Game in July of 2014.
“I started crying. I was overwhelmed,” Smith says of his notification of the award. “It’s an overwhelming honor – especially for a high school-[level] guy. It’s not normal – very, very few are named.”
Smith was accompanied at the ceremony in Knoxville by nearly 30 immediate and extended family members, coaches and former players.
During his 27-year career as girls basketball coach at Oregon City High School, Smith coached his teams to an impressive 629-87 record, including 26 league championships and 10 state championships. Oregon City was named “National Champion” by USA Today in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
This latest honor will share space on Smith’s mantle with the Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award he received from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. Also inducted into the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 for meritorious service, Smith played baseball, but not basketball, while on campus. He graduated with a degree in psychology and went on to teach history and coach.
After retiring in 2006, Smith now keeps busy with his own company, End of the Trail Basketball, which sponsors and hosts a variety of tournaments, clinics and camps.