Smith named boys basketball coach at SHSSmith also played four years of basketball at UWS, beginning in the 2007-08 season. He is the Yellowjackets’ all-time leading scorer with 1,910 points.
Jake Smith has been named the new head coach of the Superior High School boys basketball team.
Smith is a graduate of Rhinelander High School and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
While at UWS, Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary math education with a coaching minor. He graduated with honors and was a Swenson Scholar recipient.
Smith also played four years of basketball at UWS, beginning in the 2007-08 season. He is the Yellowjackets’ all-time leading scorer with 1,910 points.
Smith was a four-time All-WIAC All-Conference selection, Conference Player Of The Year and All-American. He also played in the Division III National All-Star game and was a WIAC Scholar Athlete.
“I believe in the word ‘student-athlete,’” Smith said, and academics will come first under his tenure. He expects players to be positive role models in the school and the community, and he’ll also push them to maintain a high GPA and be leaders in the classroom.
On the court, Smith said he’ll ask players to strive for improvement every day.
“Take care of the little things so at the end of each practice we can say we were better than we were yesterday,” Smith said. “You won’t be able to say that every day, but over the grind of the season, all those little things add up and we can really be clicking towards the end of the year.”
The team concept will also be a cornerstone of Smith’s coaching style. He wants players “understanding what’s really important and putting the team in front of themselves.”
Smith is currently a math teacher at SHS and coached the Spartans’ junior varsity team the past two seasons.
Smith takes over the SHS basketball program from Dave Kontny, who resigned earlier this year after 10 years as head coach.
“As far as assistant coaches go, I plan to keep Rick Raymond on the staff,” Smith said. “He and I have worked together the past two years and are both really on the same page and work very well together. … He is someone I want to keep on the staff and involved in the program.”
Other assistant coaches will be named before the start of the basketball season. Smith said he plans to work closely with activities director Ray Kosey to conduct interviews and find the best candidates.
“It will be coming up soon I am sure, so then we can really get the ball rolling for when November comes around,” Smith said.