Joseph Smith joined the Morrisville State College athletic department as head coach of the men’s basketball program in the fall of 2009.
In seven seasons at the helm of the program, Smith has compiled an overall record of 113 wins and 76 losses, guiding the team to six North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament appearances. Smith collected his 100th career victory as head coach against Medaille College on December 15, 2015.
In the 2015-16 season, Smith guided the Mustangs back to the top of the NEAC North Division Standings, compiling a 14-3 conference record to claim the regular season divisional title. The Mustangs made their sixth overall appearance in the NEAC tourney and fifth title game appearance, concluding the season campaign with a 19-8 overall record.
Continuing success on the court from the 2012-13 historical season, Smith coached the Mustangs to a 22-9 overall record, 13-5 record in NEAC play in 2013-14, capturing the championship tournament title for a third straight season. Morrisville State earned their third straight bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and again made waves in the post-season, upending nationally ranked programs to advance to the Sweet 16 Sectional round of the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. In that round, Smith guided the Mustangs past nationally ranked Richard Stockton to earn the college’s first ever appearance in the Elite Eight, where they ended their season with a heartbreaking loss to defending national champion Amherst College.
At the conclusion of the season the Mustangs earned their second national ranking in the D3hoops.com final poll, ranking 16th among all Division III programs.
Smith’s efforts with Mustang squad garnered several post-season accolades, including three All-Conference team selections. First team all-conference choice Jordan Prior, went on to earn D3hoops.com All-East Region accolades, NABC Division III All-District First Team honors, and ECAC Upstate Division III All-Star recognition.
Smith was named the D3hoops.com All-East Region Coach of the Year for a second straight season, and later was named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Division III Coach of the Year, becoming one of few to earn that accolade both as a player and coach.
Smith led the Mustangs to a best 23-6 overall record in 2012-13, claiming the NEAC regular season and championship tournament titles for a second straight year, along with a second bid to the NCAA Tournament. Under his direction, the Mustangs exploded in post-season play, posting two major upsets over nationally ranked programs as they advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. Come season end, Morrisville State earned its first national ranking in the D3hoops.com final poll, 20th overall.
The success that Smith had on the court with the program led to several post-season accolades for individual team members, including placing three on the All-Conference teams, one on ECAC All-Star Teams and earning Smith D3hoops.com East Region Coach of the Year honors.
In 2011-12, the program posted a 19-9 overall record, claiming their first NEAC regular season and championship tournament titles with a 14-1 conference record, securing the college’s first ever bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
That same season three players earned all-conference accolades, one was named the NEAC Player of the Year, as well as Smith being selected the NEAC Coach of the Year.
The 2004 graduate of Hamilton College, played four years for Tom Murphy and the Continentals’, and was instrumental in leading the team to several post-season tournament appearances, including the ECAC Tournament in 2001, the UCAA semi-finals in 2002, the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round in 2003 and the NCAA Tournament in 2004. As a senior, Smith averaged 21.0 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game, starting all 27 games for Hamilton, and was named the Liberty League Player of the Year and Division III New York State Player of the Year in 2004, while garnering All-American honors.
During his time at Hamilton, the team went 66-31 overall. Smith holds the third spot in the Continentals record book for career blocks with 120, and is 14th in career scoring with 1,333 points. Following graduation from Hamilton, Smith played professionally for the BK Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark until 2009, where the team appeared in the playoff’s four times, including a 2007 run to the semi-final round. While with the BK Amager, Smith was a four-time Danish League All-Star and also assisted in all aspects of coaching during his time in Denmark.
Smith returned to the States for a season, joining the SUNYIT coaching staff in 2005-06 as an assistant for the men’s basketball program. That same year, SUNYIT reached the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) finals for the first time in school history, earning the team a bid to the ECAC Championship Tournament.
Since 2000, Smith has given private basketball lessons to the local community, lecturing at area high schools and camps on playing excellence, assisting to develop local talent to continue their playing career to the collegiate level.
Smith had a stellar playing stint for Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, under local legend Al Knapp, where he was a three-time All-State and Section III All-Star, leading the Red Devils to a sectional championship title in 1999.