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Coach Jim Smith Celebrates 50 Seasons with SJU

The Stats

• Career Record: 766-544 1964-present • Career Record vs. MIAC schools: 581-334 1964-present • Career Postseason Record: 35-32 1969-present • Career Record in MIAC Playoffs: 19-15 1983-present • Career Record in NAIA Playoffs: 11-9 1969-1984 • Career Record in NCAA Tournament: 5-9 1985-present • MIAC Championships: 7 1968-69, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1992-93, 2000-01 • MIAC Playoff Championships: 5 1983, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2001 • Undefeated Conference Seasons: 1 1978-79

Jim Smith, head basketball coach and winningest collegiate basketball coach on any level in Minnesota, celebrates 50 seasons at Saint John’s University this year. Coach Smith began the 2013-14 season, his 50th at SJU, with a 755-535 career record (.585). He gained his 700th win on Nov. 21, 2009, with a win over NCAA Division II MSU-Moorhead. Smith is one of only 27 coaches in NCAA men’s basketball history to win 700 career games. On Feb. 13, 2002, Smith also reached the milestone of coaching his 1,000th career game. 26 gojohnnies.com

• Three-time NAIA District Coach-of-the-Year • Six-time MIAC Coach of the Year • NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year, 1992-93 and 2000-01 • President, National Association of Basketball Coaches, 1981-83 • National Association of Basketball Coaches Outstanding Service Award, 2009 Note: Statistics current through Feb. 7, 2014

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The Awards


Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2014