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Aggies WBB Hires Assistant Coach

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 08/21/2014
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Jessica Smith, who will serve as an assistant coach with an emphasis over the post players, brings a vast amount of both playing and coaching experience. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
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GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson has announced the hiring of Jessica Smith to be an assistant coach on Tuesday.

“I’m really excited about adding Jessica to the program,” Robinson said. “What really stuck out to me was her collegiate career at Iona under coach Anthony Bozzella who is now the head coach at Seton Hall. He’s a detail-oriented coach and is really about his craft which shows through Jessica.”

Smith, who will work with the Aggie post players, brings a vast amount of both playing and coaching experience. She spent the last two seasons at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as an assistant coach. During the 2013-14 season she was promoted to interim head coach and achieved a .500 record. Her other duties included scouting, skill development, recruiting, budgeting, academic advisement, travel, and scheduling.

“I’d like to thank the athletics director Earl Hilton, coach Robinson and the entire staff for the opportunity,” said Smith. “I think the school and campus are really special with the family-style atmosphere. It’s not just with women’s basketball; it’s with the whole campus. I love the “Aggie Pride” that I’ve run into everywhere. I’m excited to be a part of everything and the championship- style program that coach Robinson has been building here."

Smith also had stints at Point Guard College as a site coordinator and basketball instructor and was a graduate assistant at the University of the Incarnate World. She spent two years overseas as a player and head coach of the Horsen’s Basketball Club (women and junior girls).

She is a 2008 graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and received a degree in secondary education. Smith completed her master’s degree in special education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2012.

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