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Shaka Smart          

Head Men's Basketball Coach at Marquette University; Former Coach of the Texas Longhorns

Shaka Dingani Smart is the head men's basketball coach at Marquette University.

Smart began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at California University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master's degree. Afterwards, he was hired as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Dayton. He was an assistant at the University of Akron for three years, Clemson for two, and Florida for one. Virginia Commonwealth University hired Smart to be the head coach in 2009.

While at VCU (2009-15), Smart posted an overall record of 163-56 (.744) and guided the Rams to five NCAA Tournament appearances. The 163 wins tied him for the second-highest number of total victories during the first six years of a head coaching career in NCAA history. VCU and Duke are the only two programs in the country to have posted at least 26 wins in each of the past six seasons.

In 2015, Smart accepted an offer to become the new men's head basketball coach at the University of Texas. In his first season at Texas, the Longhorns won 20 games and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 2021, Marquette University hired Smart to replace Steve Wojciechowski as the Golden Eagles' head coach.


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