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Smith named assistant coach at Kutztown

Former EHS star joins Golden Bears as women’s coach

June 28, 2012
By Edgar Kelley - Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

Former Elkins High School basketball standout Kayla Smith was named assistant women's basketball coach at Kutztown University on Wednesday.

Smith, who earned first-team All-American honors during her senior season at California University of Pennsylvania in 2010, replaces long-time assistant Steve Hahn, who stepped down to accept other positions at Kutztown, which is located in Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Kayla Smith as our new assistant women's basketball coach," Janet Malouf said in a press release on Wednesday. "Having been an All-American and member of the California University of Pennsylvania teams that won several NCAA Division II regional titles, she brings great energy, enthusiasm and basketball knowledge to our program. I am looking forward to working with her."

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Smith spent last season as an assistant coach at California, where the Lady Vulcans finished with a 17-10 overall record.

As a player at Cal, Smith scored 2,096 points and grabbed 1,307 rebounds, which is a school record. During her four seasons at the California, she helped lead the Lady Vulcans to three NCAA?Division II Tournament appearances.

Smith, who was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Year her senior season, also excelled in the classroom at California. She was a CoSIDA?Capital One Academic All-District selection as a senior and was a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete.

After graduating from Cal, Smith played professional basketball in France in 2011.

While at Elkins High School, Smith was a four-year starter and finished as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

She was a four-time Class AAA, All-State selection for the Lady Tigers. She was named to the All-State first-team twice during her high school career.

Smith played all four seasons for current EHS coach Nancy Lewis, who said she always felt Smith would make a good coach.

"I think she always knew she wanted to coach some day," Lewis said. "Whether it was in high school or college, Kayla was a winner. And if she can instill her heart and determination into her players, they will be very successful."



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