Andre Smith Sr. began his first year at Penn State Shenango in the spring of 2017 as the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach.
Smith has over 20 years of experience coaching at all levels—from Division III to professional. Prior to being named the head coach at Penn State Shenango, Smith worked with USA Jones Cup, where he coached and worked on player development for U.S. and international professional prospects. Before his stint with USA Jones Cup, Smith was the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Lourdes University (2009-2016), a NAIA school located in Sylvania, Ohio. Smith built the entire university’s Athletic Department from the ground up—starting with two varsity teams and finishing with 16. During his tenure, three teams made appearances in the National Tournament.
At Lourdes, Smith directed fundraising efforts to build the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center for the Gray Wolves basketball and volleyball teams. He was also instrumental in the successful partnership the university had with Northview High School and the renovation of its Wildcat Stadium, which is home for Lourdes’ soccer and lacrosse teams. The project included new synthetic turf, electrical scoreboards, and improvement to the two-story press box
Smith quickly brought national attention to the University and his first-year program, beating a nationally ranked NAIA team and playing a tough schedule with ranked NCAA D II in 2010. During his tenure, he compiled four straight winning seasons while leading the country in team defense and points allowed in 4 straight seasons.
In 2011-2012, Smith guided the Gray Wolves to a runner-up finish in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament. In just the program’s second season, and first in conference play, the team earned one of the league’s automatic bids to the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
In 2012-2013, Smith was named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Coach of the Year. That season, Smith led the Gray Wolves to a school-record 22 victories and a third-place-finish in the league. Lourdes earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, falling in overtime in the first round after making its second straight appearance in the championship event.
While at Lourdes, Smith’s players earned numerous honors under his leadership, including an NAIA All-American; and two, First-Team, one Second-Team, and another Third-Team in the All-WHAC selections, as well as an Honorable Mention All-WHAC pick. Three of his players were named to the WHAC All-Defense Team, as well as three players earned All-Newcomer Team accolades.
Smith’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom. Three players earned CoSIDA Academic All-District I First Team honors, while five players earned WHAC All-Academic Team honors, and two individuals were named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Under Smith’s leadership, Lourdes enjoyed an eighty percent graduation rate from his players who finished their athletic eligibility.
Prior to arriving at Lourdes, Smith spent three seasons as associate head men’s basketball coach at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. He also had two years of coaching experience as Thiel College’s associate head women’s basketball coach. In 2005, Smith was named the head coach and general manager of the Youngstown Wildcats—a professional, international basketball league—leading the Wildcats to a 15-5 overall record. His team had three, league All-Stars, as well as a League MVP candidate.
Smith also enjoyed two seasons as an assistant coach at Youngstown State University (1997-1999), where he helped guide the Penguins to a 20-win season and to reach the Conference Tournament Championship in 1997. The following season, the Penguins advanced to the Conference’s semifinals, putting together the University’s first, back-to-back winning season in over 10 years.
As a player, Smith played professionally both in the United State and internationally. He began his collegiate career at Lakeland College in Illinois, where he was the fourth leading scorer in the nation his sophomore year, averaging 27.6 points per game. He was named Second Team JUCO All-American and was listed by NCAA Hoops as one of the nation’s top Junior College players. Smith continued his playing career at Youngstown State University, where he led the Penguins in scoring, steals, and assists two seasons. He was named Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team as a junior and the team’s Most Valuable Player during both his junior and senior year. Smith went on from college to play professionally both in the U.S. and internationally for several clubs.
Before entering college, Smith was a prep player at Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis, IN, where he was the all-time leading scorer upon his graduation—a mark that stood at his alma mater until 2008.
Smith graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in education.