SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University women's basketball coach Nikki Jessee and the Department of Athletics have announced the hire of Andrell Smith as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Smith joins the Lions after graduating from the University of South Florida in May of 2012, where she played as a point guard for two seasons.
"Andrell has an impressive basketball pedigree," says Jessee. "She's won big at every level she's ever played at, and we're excited to have her bring that winning mentality to our program. With her vast playing experience, we expect her to make a positive impact on our players immediately."
Smith joins a Lions' basketball program that has seen much success in the past three years. During the 2012-13 season alone, the Lions made their first trip to the Sunshine State Conference Championship game.
"I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Coach Jessee," says Smith. "She has done a great job leading the Saint Leo Women's Basketball program to new heights and I am looking forward to learning from her and continuing to build upon the Lions' tradition."
Though new to the coaching sphere, Smith is very familiar with the game of basketball. During her two seasons with the USF Bulls, Smith was named Defensive MVP and selected to the All Big-East Second Team in 2013. In addition, her leadership skills earned her a spot as a team captain during her senior season.
Prior to her experience at USF, Smith was a member of the Gulf Coast Community College Team in Panama City, Fla. In two seasons with the junior college Smith's team won back-to-back conference championships and won the 2010 Junior College National Championship. In 2010, Smith was also named to the Junior College National All-Tournament Team.
The Lakeland, Fla. native has also spent time as a basketball trainer and camp counselor for numerous organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
Smith earned her bachelors degree in Arts and Sciences from the University of South Florida in May of 2012.
Saint Leo University opens the 2013-14 season at home on Saturday, November 9 against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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