Jeff Smith enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Utah. He was the first new asssistant coach hired by Boylen upon his arrival in Salt Lake City in 2007. Smith had previously spent five seasons on the staff at Oakland University.
During the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, Smith was the associate head coach at Oakland. He helped the Grizzlies reach the 2005 NCAA Tournament, where they lost to eventual national champion North Carolina in the first round. Smith was largely responsible for Oakland's 2005 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 23 in the nation by Hoop Scoop.
During his tenure at Oakland, Smith coached two Mid-Continent Conference Players of the Year: Rawle Marshall, who played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, and Mike Helms, who became Oakland's first Associated Press All-American and was the NCAA's third-leading scorer in 2003. Five of the players Smith worked with were named to the conference's all-newcomer team.
Before joining the Oakland staff, Smith was an assistant at Central Michigan for five years, during which time he coached two Chippewas who were named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Chris Kaman earned the honor in 2003, just a year after Smith left CMU. Kaman later became the sixth overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Smith is a 1995 graduate of Alma (Mich.) College, where he played for two seasons before a knee injury ended his playing career. He then worked with the program for two years as a student assistant, while earning his degree. Smith was named Alma's head junior varsity coach in 1994-95, leading his team to a 13-6 record. He then moved to Albion College, where he was an assistant coach from 1995-97.
Smith is a native of Carson City, Mich. He and his wife Alison have a one-year old daughter, Marlie, and are expecting their second child.