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Nevada Smith
Basketball, Golf
Class of 2002

Smith, a Kiski Area High School graduate, was a two-sport athlete for the Bison, playing both basketball and golf while at Bethany. Smith earned four All-PAC honors during his tenure, capturing three in basketball and one Second-Team All-PAC honor on the golf course. On the basketball court, he helped the Bison to back-to-back conference championships in 2001 and 2002.

After earning Honorable Mention status in 1999-2000, Smith garnered a First-Team All-PAC selection following the 2000-01 campaign. During that year, Smith led the nation in made three-point field goals (101) and ranked in the top five in three-point field goal percentage (49.5).

During his senior campaign, Smith helped lead the Bison to another PAC title, finishing the year with 109 made three pointers while shooting 46.0 percent from deep. That season, he also set the Bethany single-season record for free throw percentage, shooting 93.5 percent from the charity stripe for the year.

Smith, finished his career as Bethany’s leader in three pointers made (313) and free throw percentage (87.0). He also posted a .466 three-point percentage in his four-year tenure, ranking him second on the all-time list. He played in 105 career games, which ranks eighth all-time at Bethany.

Following his playing career and after graduating from Bethany with a degree in sports management, Smith went into coaching. After time as an assistant, he spent two years at Keystone College as the head men’s basketball coach. During that time, the Giants posted a 39-16 record and made it to back-to-back CSAC Championship Games.

Smith was then hired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the National Basketball Association’s developmental league, where he currently serves as the team’s head coach. The Vipers are the D-League team of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. In his first season, the Vipers posted a 30-20 record, ranking first in the D-League in points per game (123.1). He also led the Vipers to the NBDL semifinals in his first year.