Shaka Smart

Shaka Smart

Basketball Player and Coach
Born Apr 8, 1977

Shaka Smart is an American college basketball coach, and the current head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams men's basketball program. Before accepting the job at VCU, Smart served as an assistant coach for the Akron Zips, Clemson Tigers, and Florida Gators men's basketball programs.… Read More

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1977 Birth Born on April 8, 1977.


1999 22 Years Old Smart began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at California University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master's degree. … Read More


2008 31 Years Old Smart is a supporter of President Barack Obama, for whom he campaigned in Florida in 2008 and Virginia in 2012. … Read More
2009 32 Years Old VCU hired Smart to be the head coach in the spring of 2009 after the program's previous coach, Anthony Grant, left to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. … Read More
2010 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Smart's second season began with forward Larry Sanders declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season. Sanders' selection by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick made VCU the first school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in consecutive years, as the Utah Jazz had selected guard Eric Maynor with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
2011 34 Years Old On April 4, 2011, Smart agreed to an 8-year contract extension with VCU, increasing his base pay from $350,000 to $1.2 million per year, prior to any performance bonuses.
2013 36 Years Old On January 19, 2013, Shaka Smart became the second youngest active coach to win 100 games, in a 90-63 victory over Duquesne.
2015 38 Years Old On April 2, 2015, Smart accepted an offer to become the new men's head basketball coach at Texas. … Read More
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