Jacob Smith named as Cougar basketball head coach | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 13, 2016 3:46 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
In a press conference held at Colleton County High School on Tuesday April 5, Athletic Director Chris Collins named Jacob E. Smith Sr. as the new Cougar basketball coach for the 2016-17 season. With 15 years of experience as a coach and teacher, Smith is slated to teach math at Colleton County Middle School in the fall. In his 11 years as a varsity head basketball coach, he has accumulated an overall record of 167 wins and 116 losses.
Smith is replacing Maurice Simmons, who in his one year as the Cougars head coach, recorded a 4-16 overall record and was 1-7 in region competition.
Smith is currently serving as a math interventionist at Cheraw Primary School and has served as the head basketball coach at Cheraw High School for two years. During the 2015-16 season, Smith led Cheraw to a 17-7 overall record and 9-3 in AA Region IV. They earned a No. 6 state ranking along the way, before losing to Abbeville in the second round of the playoffs. In the 2014-15 season, they went 18-5 overall and 11-1 in region play, winning the region championship for the first time since 2006.
Prior to his time in Cheraw, Smith served as the head coach at North Charleston High School in 2011-12, recording an overall record of 21-7 and 11-1 in region. They won the Region 6-AA Championship and played for the Lower State title. Smith was named the Region Coach of the Year and received an award for Outstanding Coaching presented by District Six.
Smith served in the same capacity at Swansea High School from 2007-2010, where he also taught sixth grade math at Sandhills Intermediate School. In his first season at Swansea, Smith led his team to a playoff position, along with posting a 15-10 season. In 2008, Smith led Swansea to an overall record of 15-10 and 6-4 in the region, finished runner-up in AAA Region V, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. “This achievement was the first since 1993 for Swansea High School boys’ basketball program,” stated Smith. “My final season in Swansea, we finished 12-12 with a young team featuring three freshmen and an eighth grader as starters.”
According to Smith, he got his start in coaching in 2001 at Branchville High School, where he served as an assistant varsity and head JV coach for three years. “I became Branchville’s head coach in 2004 and led them to three playoff appearances and their first region championship in 20 years in 2006,” said Smith. “My final year in Branchville was capped off with an overall record of 20-7 and a semi-finals appearance at the Lower State Championship.”
He was named Coach of the Year for 6-A, The Times and Democrat’s second Team Coach of the Year, as well as being recognized by the Sixth District officials for outstanding coaching. Smith was also selected by Orangeburg School District 4 as a positive male role model.
Receiving his bachelor degree in psychology from South Carolina State University, Smith earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Drexel University. He recently earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Walden University and is currently pursuing a degree in administration. He is a member of Sampit Masonic Lodge #429 P.H.A., Georgetown and Omega Psi Phi through the Chapter Epsilon Omega, Orangeburg.
“Within in the last year, my Dad has experienced some health concerns and he asked me to get closer to home,” stated Smith in his press release. “I am originally from Georgetown and my wife is from Charleston. My family and I will relocate to the Summerville area at the end of this current school year.”
A native of Georgetown, Smith and his wife Nakia, currently live in Rockingham, N.C., along with their three children: Jacob Jr., Jordan and Serenity.