Miami University head men’s basketball coach, Travis Steele, has announced the addition of assistant coach Khristian Smith to his staff.
Smith comes to Miami after spending one season at Ball State as an assistant coach. With the Cardinals, Smith assisted with the recruiting efforts and oversaw student-athlete academic progress towards graduation. On the court, Smith is credited with developing guard Jaylin Sellers into an All-MAC Freshman Team honoree.
Before arriving in Muncie, Smith was a graduate assistant at Texas Tech (2019-21) under National Coach of the Year, Chris Beard. In the 2019-2020 season, Tech defeated No. 1 Louisville. The following year, the Raiders advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Utah State. Tech was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation and remained in the Top 25 all season long for the first time in school history.
Smith was a graduate assistant for Indiana State (2017-2019) under Head Coach, Greg Lansing. With a player development role, Smith helped develop sophomore guard Tyreke Key. Key was second team all-conference and led the Valley in scoring at 17.3 ppg.
Prior to entering his coaching career, Smith played professionally overseas for the Sluneta Usti Nad Labem (Czech Republic) during the 2016-2017 campaign, where they made the playoffs for the first time in a decade and Smith averaged 12.3 ppg.
An Indianapolis, Ind., native, Smith played at Pike High School before a four-year career at Indiana State. He earned all-conference honors as well as being named the only sixth man of the year in school history (2013-2014). Smith graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in sports management and a master’s of science in physical education/coaching.
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