Bev Smith is the former head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oregon. She held that position from 2001 to 2009. Her 2004 team made the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, after finishing 2nd in the Pacific-10 Conference. In that season, her 2nd 20-win season, Oregon defeated Texas Christian University to advance to the 2nd round. The 2002 team, won the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Championship. She played college basketball herself at Oregon, where she became an all-American in 1981 and 1982.
She is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, after leading Canada to a medal in the 1999 Pan American Games. While playing at Oregon, the team had a record of 93-19. She holds 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 (2,063), and assists in a career (443).
Ms. Smith also coached in Italy for two teams, Vivo Vicenza, which won the National Division II title in 1996 -97, and Famila, Schio which finished second in the Division I National Final for consecutive years (1998 – 99, 1999 – 2000) and won the Italian Cup in 1998 – 1999.
Prior to her coaching career, Ms. Smith played professional basketball in Italy where her Italian team, Zolu Vicenza won the 1983 and the 1985 European Women’s Basketball Championship, and the 1983, 1984, and 1985 Italian Women’s Basketball Championship. She was a two time Kodak All – America selection (1981 – 1982) playing for the University of Oregon. She also played for 12 years with the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team, competing in the 1979 World Championships (bronze medal) and the 1986 World Championships (bronze medal). Ms. Smith was also a two time Olympian, competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (4 Olympic Games (11th ).
Ms. Smith was elected to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (2003), the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame (2003), the university of Oregon Hall of Fame (1992) and to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2004), located in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Performance from the University of Oregon (1988) and her level 4/5 National Coaching Certificate from the National Institute of Coaching in Victoria, British Columbia. She helped write the draft for Canada Basketball’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) and has done skill and coaching clinics in Canada, Italy, Jordan, and the US.
Ms. Smith is currently the Excutive Director of Kidsports in Eugene, OR and remains closely involved with changing the ways in which youth sports engage young athletes to ensure long-term competitive success and to focus on age-appropriate development.