Former Maryland basketball star and assistant coach Keith Booth, who has spent the past two years as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola, was added Tuesday to the men’s staff by newly named men’s head coach G.G. Smith.
Booth, 38, left College Park after Gary Williams retired in 2011 and Mark Turgeon retained only one member of the previous staff, Bino Ranson. Booth, who grew up in Baltimore and starred at Dunbar, wanted to stay in the area with his daughter in high school and took a job on the women’s team.
“I am excited that Keith will be bringing his basketball knowledge as a player, coach and recruiter to our staff,” Smith said. “In learning to know him as a co-worker at Loyola for the past two years, I have seen that he has a tremendous care for players, and [Loyola head women’s basketball coach] Joe Logan could not have spoke higher of Keith as a person or a coach.
“Keith brings a broad understanding of not only Baltimore basketball and recruiting, but his experience as a player and coach at Maryland and player in the NBA will be huge benefits to our program.”
Said Booth: “It is an honor to continue to be a part of Loyola athletics, and I am looking forward to working with these players and Coach Smith to continue the success Loyola men’s basketball has accomplished Booth.”
A third-team all-American during his senior year at Maryland in 1996-97, Booth was a first-round draft choice of the world champion Chicago Bulls, and played three seasons in the NBA. He was an assistant at Maryland from 2004 through 2011, with the Terps reaching the NCAA tournament three times and winning at least 19 games in seven seasons.
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