MACC Welcomes Pat Smith to Greyhound Basketball
Former Moberly Greyhounds basketball coach Patrick Smith is returning to the helm at MACC. Smith was the Greyhound Head Coach from 2001-04.
Dr. Jorgenson said a College search committee believed Smith was the best choice among 96 applicants interested in succeeding Jay Spoonhour as MACC men’s head coach.
Smith accepted a 1-year contract offer last Friday said Jorgenson.
“Coach Smith is a great coach and did a very good job when he was here at MACC. He has an excellent work history in coaching and he is such a great person,” said Dr. Jorgenson. “Coach Smith also had such a great relationship with every one here at the college and with the Moberly community.”
Smith became MACC’s 10th head coach - succeeding Kenny Seifert who is now Moberly H.S. athletic director - when he arrived for the 2001-02 season.
His Greyhounds program won the Region 16 tournament and finished 5th at Nationals during his inaugural term, and the Hounds were also national qualifiers during his final year at MACC. There have been three other Greyhounds coaches since his departure.
Smith compiled a coaching record of 69-32 here at Moberly before he accepted a NCAA Division II head coaching job at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.
For the past six years Smith has been head coach at NJCAA Division I Trinity Valley College of Athens, Texas. Trinity Valley is among 14 colleges that comprise Region 14.
Last season Trinity Valley’s record was 21-10 and Smith holds a career coaching record of 422-271 at the NJCAA level since he first began in 1991.
Spoonhour left the MACC Greyhounds on April 6 when he accepted a head coaching job at NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois University of Charleston, Ill.
The Moberly Greyhounds are coming off a 2011-12 season in which they finished with a record of 21-8 and went 7-1 in NJCAA Region 16.
Spoonhour spent three years at the helm of the Greyhounds and compiled a coaching record of 63-27 here, including two runner-up finishes in the Region 16 men’s basketball tournament.