College - Indiana
Keith Smart is entering his second year as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento recorded a 20-39 (.339) mark last season in 59 games with Smart at the helm. He became the Kings' 24th head coach on January 5, 2012 after Paul Westphal was relieved of his coach duties.
Smart joined the Kings as an assistant coach prior to the 2011-12 season after spending the previous season as head coach of the Golden State Warriors where he led his team to a 10-game improvement from the previous campaign with a 36-46 (.439) record and third-place finish in the Pacific Division. He brings over 24 years of professional basketball experience as either a coach or player. Prior to his appointment as head coach, Smart served seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Warriors, giving him the longest tenure of any assistant coach in Golden State history.
Smart, 48, originally joined the Warriors prior to the 2003-04 campaign after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was named the Cavaliers interim head coach in the middle of the 2002-03 season upon taking over for John Lucas. At the time, he was second-youngest head coach in the NBA. Before joining the Cavaliers, Smart spent three seasons as the head coach of the CBA's Fort Wayne Fury, compiling a record of 85-83 (.506) and guiding the team to its first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history in 1997-98 and 1998-99. In his first campaign as a head coach at any level in 1997-98, he guided the Fury to a franchise-record 31-win season and a trip to the playoffs. The club made the playoffs again in 1998-99, despite having a single-season franchise record nine players signed to NBA contracts. He was awarded the American Conference Coach of the Month Award five times during his tenure with Fort Wayne and had a CBA-high 21 players signed to NBA contracts.
During his professional basketball playing career, Smart spent six seasons in the CBA, two seasons in France and one in Venezuela. He also played briefly with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1988-89 season.
Smart was originally drafted by the Warriors in the second round (41st overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft out of Indiana University. He is widely remembered for his Final Four heroics in 1987, in which he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after leading Indiana to a National Championship with his game-winning shot versus Syracuse in the title game. Smart, his wife, Carol, and sons André and Jared reside in the Bay Area.