BALTIMORE, Md. - Paul Smith, a former Tiger assistant women's basketball coach and one of the top high school coaches in the state for many years, passed away on Monday of kidney failure at Maryland General Hospital.
A Baltimore native, Coach Smith graduated from Virginia Union in 1964. He earned All-CIAA honors at Virginia Union and served as team captain as a senior. A graduate of Baltimore's Douglass High School, he was an All-City performer in basketball and baseball.
From 1974 to 1990, he was the head boys' basketball coach at McDonogh School. In 17 seasons, he compiled a record of 236-135 and won six league championships.
From 1993 to 1996, he was the head basketball coach at Baltimore's Dunbar High School. In three years at Dunbar, he guided the Poets to a 69-10 record. In his three years at Dunbar, he coached the team to three Maryland state championships. His 1994 Dunbar team finished the season as the fifth-ranked team in the nation, according to USA TODAY.
He joined the Tiger basketball staff as an assistant coach in 1996 and spent three years working for Coach Ellen Fitzkee. In his second season with the team, the Tigers posted a 15-13 record and reached the semi-finals of the America East Tournament.
Coach Smith was 71 years old.