The former Loyola Maryland men’s basketball coach has joined the staff of his famous father, Tubby, as an associate head coach at High Point, the school announced Friday.
“G.G. brings a lot of experience to our staff, especially as head coach for the last five years, and we’re happy to have him on board,” said Tubby Smith, a St. Mary's County native who took the job at the Big South Conference school in March. He was fired after just two seasons at Memphis. “His experience coaching at this level is critical and he understands the landscape, from recruiting to scheduling to budgeting to all other areas. His knowledge of the game is valuable. He is certainly someone I trust to help me run the program. We are excited to have him as part of the Panther family.”
The Panthers went 14-16 last season, losing to Longwood, 68-55, in the first round of their conference tournament.
Before taking the helm in Baltimore five years ago, G.G. Smith was an assistant coach on Jimmy Patsos’ Loyola staff for six seasons, during which the Greyhounds made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994.
But after taking over for Patsos in 2013, he went 56-98 at Loyola and failed to lead the Greyhounds to a winning record or higher than sixth in the Patriot League, resulting in his resignation in March.
A three-year starter at Georgia, where his father coached him for two seasons before leaving for Kentucky, Smith began his coaching career at Lexington Catholic High (Ky.). He then joined his father’s Wildcats staff as a graduate student from 2000 to 2002 before moving on to an assistant coaching role at Tennessee Tech.
Tubby and G.G. Smith faced off as head coaches twice, with the elder Smith’s Texas Tech and Memphis teams winning by 12 in both 2014 and 2017, respectively. They were out of their jobs less than a week apart in March. Penny Hardaway is succeeding Tubby as Tigers coach, while Tavaras Hardy took over the post at Loyola.