Smith Tabbed as Gents Interim Head Coach
Thursday, March 3, 2005

SHREVEPORT—Centenary athletic director Taylor Moore has announced that Mike Smith will serve as interim head men’s basketball coach. Smith served as the first assistant for the Gents program this season and fills the role after the resignation of former head coach Kevin Johnson.


“In the wake of Kevin Johnson’s resignation, I am honored to be named the interim head coach,” said Smith. “In my desire to serve the college in any way necessary, this is a prime opportunity to display my commitment to the Centenary men’s basketball program. I appreciate Kevin Johnson for the opportunity to work with, and learn from him what it takes to become a good college basketball coach.”


“Mike Smith has done an outstanding job for us as an assistant coach,” said Moore. “I feel confident that placing him in the interim position will enable us to maintain the quality of our program while we actively perform a search for our new basketball coach.”


Smith has been a member of the Centenary coaching staff for one season. He came to the Gents program after coaching at Southeastern Louisiana under former Centenary coach Billy Kennedy. He helped the Lions to a 20-9 record and the Southland Conference regular season championship in 2003-04. He also coached at Brebeuf Preparatory Jesuit High School and Pearl River Community College prior to his stint with the Lions.


A national search to fill the head coaching position is currently under way. The Centenary athletic administration intends to have a new coach named prior to the NCAA Final Four, which is scheduled for the first week of April.