Jackie Smith enters her second season as an assistant coach in 2017-18.
Smith helped the Colonials to the 21st 20-win season in program history in her first season on the coaching staff. GW finished with a 20-10 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the Atlantic 10 to earn a share of the Atlantic 10 Regular-Season title.
Working primarily with the guards, Smith helped the Colonials to top-three conference rankings in total assists (470), assists per game (15.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.05). Her advance scouting and game planning also led the Colonials to a second-place ranking in the Atlantic 10 for field-goal percentage defense (.355) and third for three-point field-goal percentage defense (.285).
Prior to joining GW, Smith spent the previous three seasons on the sidelines at her alma mater.
As an assistant coach at Hartford, Smith helped develop the 2016 America East Sixth Player of the Year, as well as six all-conference players and a pair of all-rookie honorees from 2013-16.
Smith began her coaching career at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts, where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach. In 2012-13, Stonehill finished with a 24-5 overall record, including a 19-3 mark in the Northeast 10 Conference, and advanced to the NCAA Division II regional semifinals.
A four-year member of Coach Rizzotti's Hartford squads, Smith was instrumental in the Hawks' success from 2007-11, which was highlighted by a pair of America East championships and four straight postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament berths with a first-round win over Syracuse in 2008. The point guard helped the Hawks to a 92-39 record during her career as the program garnered its first-ever top-25 ranking and climbed as high as No. 19 in 2010.
Smith earned a spot on the America East All-Conference Third Team and All-Academic Team as a junior in 2009-10. The next year, she led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and ranked third in assists (3.5 apg) and seventh in three-point percentage (.344). The two-time team captain inked her name throughout Hartford's record books, as she finished her career ranked second in free throw percentage (.815), sixth in three-point field goals made (107), seventh in assists (292) and eighth in games played (122).
"Jackie's success as a player for me is what will make her a terrific assistant coach in the A-10," said head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. "She knows how to lead and how to connect with people, and she has always had an internal drive to be the best. She was a part of three NCAA Tournament teams at Hartford as a player, including our team that advanced to the second round in 2008 and our Top 25 ranked team in 2010. She knows what it takes to be successful in the postseason. I'm excited about her ability to recruit at GW and bring in players like herself that are committed to both academic and athletic excellence in their collegiate careers and beyond."
A native of Westfield, Massachusetts, Smith graduated from Hartford in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education with a minor in sociology.
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