Women's basketball Head Coach Pam
Smith '82 shook a few hands and
received some pats on the back following
the team's 55-39 victory over Kenyon
College, Feb. 15. But an appreciative
home crowd wouldn't let the her get away
After a modest postgame reception
that included a group hug at mid-court
from her players, Smith was met at center
court at halftime of the ensuing men's
basketball game by Director of Athletics
and Recreation Garnett Purnell and
Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, where
a proclamation was read in her honor.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, will forever
be Pam Smith Day in Springfield, Ohio.
After all, it's not every day that a collegiate
basketball coach reaches 400 career wins.
"I haven't played any of those 400
games," said Smith, whose team finished
the season with a 15-11 overall record,
including an 11-5 mark in the North
Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC),
good for second place in the final regular
season standings. "It has been the great
players who have gone through the
program and special players and coaches
and teams that I have been a part of.
Those are the memories that are so
special to me."
Smith, who finished the season with
a 401-170 career record, became just the
21st active women's basketball coach at
the NCAA Division III level to win 400
career games. The seven-time NCAC
Coach of the Year and 1999 Athletics
Hall of Honor inductee has guided the
Tigers to twelve 20-win seasons, eight
appearances in the NCA A Division
III Tournament and 11 NCAC regular
season championships. The Tigers have
posted 17 straight winning seasons, and
they have never finished lower than third
in an NCAC regular season since joining
the league in 1989.