2013-14 Coastal Carolina Women's Basketball vs Winthrop (Jan. 13, 2014)
Sarah Smoak enters her third year on Jaida Williams' staff at Coastal Carolina. Smoak serves as Williams' top assistant and the program's recruiting coordinator.
The 2014-15 season saw the Chanticleers finish with a 12-18 overall record and a 6-14 mark against Big South opponents. Smoak assisted in guiding several student-athletes to individual successes, many of which came from players that Smoak helped to recruit. Senior AJ Jordan finished the season as the Big South's leading scorer averaging 16.9 points per game, and earned first team All-Big South honors for the second straight year. Jordan also received Big South Player of the Week recognition on Jan. 19, as did junior Anna Vogt on Dec. 22. First-year Chanticleer Jas Adams was named a Big South All-Freshman Team selection at year's end, and was twice tabbed Big South Freshman of the Week during the season. Overall, three of Coastal's starters (Jordan, Vogt, Ced Gibson) finished in the league's top-20 in scoring, while two (Vogt, Alexis Robinson) ranked in the top-10 in rebounding.
In 2013-14, Smoak's first season on Williams' staff, the Chanticleers finished with a 15-16 overall record and a 10-10 mark in Big South play. Coastal set several program during the season, highlighted by Angelica Henry recording Coastal Carolina's first ever triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Charleston Southern in the opening round of the Big South Tournament. The Chanticleers also set program records with their 4-0 start to Big South play, largest margin of victory in a conference game with a 30-point win at Longwood on Dec. 28 and largest margin of victory in a Big South Tournament contest with a 35-point victory against Charleston Southern on March 4.
Under Smoak's tutelage, Chanticleers AJ Jordan (first team), Henry (honorable mention) and Karsen Sims (all-freshman) earned All-Big South recognition in 2013-14.
Smoak came to Conway after serving on Joanne P. McCallie's staff at Duke. During her time with the Blue Devils, Smoak helped recruit four top-10 classes as ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz, including the No. 1 overall class in 2010 and the No. 2 class in 2013. She also played an instrumental role in the recruitment of five top-10 individuals, including 2011's top-ranked recruit Elizabeth Williams.
While Smoak was at Duke, the Blue Devils captured the ACC regular season title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won the ACC Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Duke was also a perennial NCAA Tournament team, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Duke boasted the ACC's Rookie of the Year in 2012, Player of the Year in 2013 and Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
Smoak spent her first three years on the Duke campus as the women's basketball director of marketing and assistant director of basketball operations before moving into the role of recruiting coordinator before the 2011-12 season. Her responsibilities included organization of recruiting communication, on-campus recruiting, scouting opponents, directing summer camps and developing program relations within the Durham, N.C., community.
A 2006 Lynchburg College graduate with a degree in exercise physiology, Smoak served as an assistant coach at Peace College in 2007-08.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Smoak was a four-year letterwinner at Lynchburg, where she earned ODAC Academic All-Conference honors in 2005-06 and was named to the ODAC Senior All-Star team. A team captain as a senior, she was also selected to the Director of Athletics Honor Roll.
Smoak has also spent time as a basketball camp instructor for Duke on six different occasions and performed an internship with the men's basketball program in the summer of 2005, assisting with summer camp. Smoak also worked for Nike prior to joining the Peace College staff.