Georgia College head coach Maurice Smith wasted no time making his mark in the Bobcat record books, leading his 2010-11 squad to a Peach Belt Championship in just his first season at the helm.
After a 2011-12 season that involved some struggles, the 2012-13 season brought much more success. The Bobcats started off the year going on a seven-game winning streak. Smith’s squad ended the year with an over all record of 12-14 and 8-11 in the PBC.
In his three seasons, Smith has produced five All-PBC Team selections, and the second All-American in program history in Chimere Jordan. The Bobcats also picked up their first Academic All-American honor in program history in 2012-13 for Shanteona Keys.
Smith has spent over 10 years at Georgia College, arriving first as a player in 1999 after two seasons at Wallace Community College in Alabama. He was an All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Second Team selection in 2001 for the Bobcats, after playing a sixth-man role on the best team in program history, the 1999-2000 Elite Eight squad.
He then joined the coaching ranks, first as a student assistant for men’s basketball in 2003-04. He then continued on as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons from 2004-06. Smith moved to the women’s side the next season in 2006-07 as the assistant coach and has worked with Bobcat women’s basketball program since.
Success has followed Smith at Georgia College, as a player on the top team in program history in 1999-2000, the team went 25-6, winning the PBC Championship and the NCAA South Atlantic Region title. As a graduate assistant coach on the men’s staff in 2005-06, Smith helped guide the team to a 22-9 record, another PBC Championship and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
While with the women’s program, Smith has acquired two 20-win seasons in 2006-07 and 2009-10. The 2006-07 team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, and in 2012-13 the Bobcats won the PBC West Division Championship.
Smith finished his undergraduate degree in 2001, adding a master’s in 2006. Originally from College Park, Ga., he finished high school in Americus, Ga., Smith married the former Martine Thomas, also a Georgia College graduate. The two live in Milledgeville and have two daughters, Jaiden and Olivia.