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Steve Smith is in his sixth season as assistant men's basketball coach at USC Upstate. He is involved in all aspects of the program and serves as the recruiting coordinator.
Smith came to USC Upstate from Allen University where he was an assistant women's basketball coach for two years.
A native of Varnville, S.C., he attended Wade Hampton High School near Beaufort. He was a two-time All-Region selection and a member of the varsity boys' basketball team for three years. He helped lead Wade Hampton to three conference championships and an appearance in the lower state 2A championship.
Smith attended Morgan State from 1991-94, playing on the basketball team for two seasons. He left Morgan State to enlist in the Army. He served from 1994-2000 and was stationed at Ft. Gordon (Ga.) and Ft. Meade (Md.). While in the Army, he worked with computers, gaining valuable training in the field. He also participated on the All-Army basketball team that traveled throughout the country playing exhibition games against Division I colleges and universities. In addition, the team played other United States service teams, as well as international military teams.
Smith enrolled at Trinity College just outside of Washington D.C. upon leaving the Army in 2000. He finished his degree requirements through correspondence courses while working as an assistant women's basketball coach at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., from 2000-02.