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Clemson hires UAB's Smith as women's hoops coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich looked for a coach with previous experience and solid knowledge of the ACC. He said Smith was the top choice among five candidates interviewed.

"She's rebuilt programs before," Radakovich said.

Radakovich said Smith received a five-year contract worth a total of $1.375 million.

Clemson has not reached the NCAA tournament since 2002. It has not had a winning record since going 17-12 in 2003-04.

Smith was 138-138 at UAB, but her 57-39 mark the past three years was the best mark during that span in the Blazers history. She twice made the WNIT, including after this past season's 18-13 mark.

Smith said she'll bring a hard-working, fast-paced, defensive-minded style to the Lady Tigers. "Oh, it's going to be fun," she said.

Smith also warned Clemson fans that she gets a little excited on the sidelines and often wanders onto the court to make her point. "I'm warned a lot of the times by the officials that they can't have six defenders on the floor, my arms are a little long so they want me to stay in the box," she joked. "But we will defend. We hang our hats on defense. That is what I'm all about."