There are few people in the women's basketball world with a more complete resume than Katie Smith, and that was before she was named head coach of the New York Liberty.
A record breaking college career, ABL sucess and championships, WNBA records and championships, the player's representative for the USA Basketball senior national team selection committee, assistant coach in the WNBA, and broadcaster for NCAA games.
Now add head coach of one of the most important franchises in the WNBA, the New York Liberty.
The Liberty is not just any franchise. It's New York City, right by the league offices, playing in Madison Square Garden, "the mecca." On the court they have had success, albeit not championship level success. Off the court they are community leaders, winners of the first WNBA season long Community Assist award.
It is Smith's job to take them to the next level on the court, a first championship for the Liberty.
Smith not only has her own pedigree, she has played and coached with some of the very best, including Brian Agler and Bill Laimbeer. It will be fun to see the evolution of head coach Katie Smith and where she can take the Liberty.
It is a pleasure to welcome Smith back to Dishin & Swishin. Topics covered include:
What is next for the Liberty?
How do you make inconsistent players more consistent?
The importance of being a part of the community
The changing of the guard in USA Basketball, when and how do you turn over roster spots
Good luck to Katie Smith as she begins the next chapter in her career!
Enjoy the podcast!