David Smith is in his sixth season as a Trinity Tigers assistant men’s basketball coach and the first in a full-time position. He came on board as a volunteer assistant coach in the 2014-15 season, while concluding his career in the U.S. Army.
Coach Smith served in the Army for over 22 years and retired in April 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.with the rank of major. He was the head coach of the Men’s All-Army Basketball Team from 2009-2012, which included the selection of 22 players from a pool of 250 applicants each year.
The All-Army Team had numerous talented players. Included on the list was Tim James, the former Big East Conference Player of the Year and a National Basketball Association first-round pick, as well as several other former NCAA and professional players.
Coach Smith was a four-time head coach, two-time assistant coach, and chief of mission for the Men’s All-Armed Forces Basketball Team from 2009-2012. He played a major role in training the squad to compete at an Olympics level. Coach Smith’s teams won gold, silver, and bronze medals at numerous tournaments, including the Armed Forces Basketball Championships, the World Military Games, and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) international tournament. The latter event has been held in numerous international locations, including Belgium, Korea, Lithuania, and Brazil.
He received a number of commendations from the Army, including a Bronze Star while commanding in a combat zone in Iraq. Coach Smith was also a member of the White House Communications Agency.
Coach Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in justice administration from Hawaii Pacific University in 2004. He received a master’s in management/logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2014.
He played basketball at Dilce Combs Memorial High School in Perry County, Kentucky, and Alice Lloyd (KY) College. Coach Smith is married to Dina Smith, a retired Army major with 28 years of service. They have two children, Lonnie and Lorin.