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Lamont Smith
Lamont  Smith

Position:
Head Coach (3rd Year)

Graduated:
1998


10/03/2017

Season Tickets On Sale

Tickets start at $99 and include all 16 home games

09/30/2017

Toreros open official practice schedule on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Season opener will be Nov. 12th at San Jose State

09/11/2017

Toreros Announce 2017-18 Schedule

Home games include San Diego State, strong WCC lineup

08/08/2017

WCC Announces Conference Men’s Basketball Schedule

Toreros will open up WCC play at home with San Francisco on December 28th

05/18/2017

Men's Basketball announce two new hires for staff

Terrence Rencher hired as assistant coach /Lance LaVetter named Dir. of Basketball Ops

03/14/2017

USD Mens Basketball vs. #1 Gonzaga

USD Men's Basketball vs. #1 Gonzaga (2/23/17)

11/30/2016

USC 76, USD 55

The Toreros fall to USC, on November 30, 2016.

11/14/2016

USD vs. San Diego State

USD vs. SDSU

The University of San Diego introduced Lamont Smith as its head coach for men's basketball on April 1, 2015 in the Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite that included media, key campus members, supporters of Torero Basketball, and family members and friends. Smith, who replaced Bill Grier, became the Toreros' twelfth head coach in program history and just the fifth head coach since USD moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80.

Smith, 40, enters his third year at the helm of the USD men's basketball program for the 2017-18 campaign. This past season he guided the Toreros to a 13-18 overall record. Highlights included a home win over BYU, a WCC sweep over Portland, and overtime victories over Bethune-Cookman (3 overtimes) and Santa Clara (2 overtimes). Senior Brett Bailey was selected All-WCC Second Team.

Smith came to USD from the University of New Mexico where he had been on staff his last two years as the Associate Head Coach under Craig Neal. Smith brought with him to USD plenty of west coast and regional recruiting ties, plus a reputation for developing student-athletes and being one of the hot up-and-coming coaches in the collegiate ranks.

Smith returned to USD where he was a member of the men's basketball team from 1994-99. He started all 27 games his senior year in 1998-99 for the 18-9 Toreros. He was named the Toreros' Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as the team captain from 1997-99. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of San Diego in 1998.

In 2013-14, Smith's first season with the New Mexico program, the Lobos became one of the nation's best defensive teams over the final half of the season, allowing just 66.1 points per game. For the third straight year, the Lobos held opponents under 40% shooting, limiting its competition to 38.9 percent from the field. UNM's scoring defense dropped almost 15 points over the course of the season with Smith handling the defensive calls.

Smith spent 2012-13 with the University of Washington under Lorenzo Romar, where the Huskies went 18-16 overall and 9-9 in league play, advancing to the NIT, where Washington lost at BYU. It marked the second time that Smith had coached with Romar, as he got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis from 1999-2001 when Romar was the coach of the Billikens.

Smith, a native of The Colony, Texas, was a graduate assistant coach at Saint Louis. Smith's duties with the Billikens included coordinating the team's video editing and film exchange, while assisting with team recruiting, scouting and strength and conditioning programs.

Washington was Smith's second Pac-12 stop after spending four seasons (2008-12) at Arizona State. While at Arizona State, the Sun Devils had a pair of 20-win seasons with Smith on the bench and advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2009. Smith also played a vital role in developing 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year James Harden.

Prior to joining Herb Sendek's staff at Arizona State, Smith was at Santa Clara from 2007-08 as Kerry Keating's top assistant. He helped recruit one of the top classes in the West Coast Conference during his time with the Broncos. Smith spent 2001-2007 as an assistant on the staff of Randy Bennett at Saint Mary's before joining Santa Clara. Bennett and Smith knew each other from their time on Romar's Saint Louis staff.

Saint Mary's was 2-27 the year before Bennett and Smith arrived, and the Gaels won nine games the first year, 15 the second, 19 in the third and a then-school record 25 in 2004-05. The 2004-05 team made the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in the history of the program while the 2003-04 team set a school record by scoring 2,377 points. In the first four seasons he was at Saint Mary's College, the Gaels led the WCC in scoring defense.

Lamont and his wife Kimberly have two daughters -- Payton and Olivia.

VIDEO
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics

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