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Jim Smith

Inducted 1993

St. Edward High School Class of 1952


Jim is the outstanding basketball coach and athletic director for Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He will begin his 30th SeasOn coaching the Johnnies in 1993. He compiled a 465—309 won and loss record through the 1992—93 season, including 38 games against NCAA Division I teams and 43 against NCAA Division II teams. He currently ranks ninth all—time among NCAA Division III coaches for most victories. Smith's teams have won six Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, earned eight berths to the NAIA national tournament and have advanced to the NCAA Division III toUrnament four times. Saint John's has had winning records in 20 of his 29 seasons. Saint John's never had a winning basketball season before Smith's arrival on campus. He has won many coaching awards and is past president of the NAIA Basketball Coaches Assoctation. A 1993 inductee of the St. Edward High School Hall of Fame, Smith, who grew up in Elgin, was All—Conference in football and basketball in 1951—52 for the Green Wave under Greg True. He went on to become a four—time basketball letter winner at Marquette University and was the assistant basketball coach at Marquette for five years.