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Fairleigh Dickinson head men’s basketball coach Greg Herenda has announced the addition of Winston Smith to his coaching staff. Smith comes to FDU after spending eight seasons on the men’s basketball staff at Drexel University.
“I want to thank Coach Herenda for giving me this opportunity to come back to Fairleigh Dickinson and be a part of his coaching staff,” Smith said on Thursday. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Herenda and sharing my coaching experiences with the entire coaching staff. My goal is to help each of our players grow as people, as well as becoming the best possible student-athletes and basketball players. The future is bright for Fairleigh Dickinson and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
“Winston Smith is another great addition to our staff and to our program,” Herenda said when announcing the addition. “I recruited him when he was a terrific player at St. Pat’s and now he has matured into a high level basketball coach. Winston will be a tremendous resource for all of our big men.”
“I also love the fact that Winston further entrenches our staff into the high school and AAU programs in our home state.”
Smith previously worked at FDU under head coach Tom Green. During that time, he worked a season as the assistant director of basketball operations (2001-02) before being promoted to an assistant coach for the 2002-03 campaign. With the Knights, Smith served as the director of the Fairleigh Dickinson Basketball Camps and oversaw film exchange, which included editing and breaking down opponent game tape.
Most recently, Smith spent the last eight seasons as Drexel’s coordinator of basketball operations. In that role he was responsible for coordinating team travel, organizing team purchases, assisting with on-campus recruiting and monitoring the basketball program. He also ran the Drexel University All-Star Camp. He helped the Dragons to a 29-7 record during the 2011-12 season as Drexel reached the third round of the NIT. The 29 wins are the highest total in the history of Drexel basketball. The Dragons also had a 19-game winning streak during that season.
Prior to that, Smith spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Northeast Conference member Saint Francis U. He also had stops as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Hofstra, helping the Pride to its first NCAA Division I postseason appearance, and Youngstown State.
Smith played for Bruiser Flint, whom he worked under at Drexel, as an undergraduate student-athlete at UMass. He was the team captain as a senior and earned the Top Defender Award and the Mr. Hustle Award during his days in Amherst. The Minutemen made three postseason appearances with Smith on the team, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Summit, N.J., Smith graduated from UMass with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 2001. He married his wife, Allison Levy Smith, on August 15, 2015.
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