After 17 seasons as head coach of the Grand View women’s basketball program, Garey Smith has announced his retirement following the 2017-18 season due to personal health issues.
“When my body tells me I will be having a difficult time doing my job, it is time to adapt to what it needs. In my case, I cannot do all of the things that need to be done to run a basketball program,” said Smith.
Smith holds an overall record of 317-224 in 17 seasons with the Vikings and an overall record of 553-464 in 36 years of coaching collegiate basketball.
Under his leadership, the Vikings women’s basketball team made five trips to the conference championship game and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Vikings had their most successful seasons in program history in 2009-10 and 2011-12, advancing to the Elite 8 of the NAIA Championships. Smith has coached 12 All-Americans at Grand View. He was also named Midwest Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2002-03, 2011-12, and 2012-13.
A native of Nevada, Smith has dedicated his entire life to coaching the game of basketball. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Mo., he landed his first head coaching job at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Mo. He led Fairfax to the 1980 state high school championship and in 1989 was inducted into the Missouri High School Coach’s Hall of Fame.
Before becoming a Viking in 1999, Smith spent 18 seasons as head coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa. While at William Penn, he coached the Statesmen to six Iowa Conference titles and five NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
In Smith’s career, he has coached eight NCAA Division III All-Americans, twelve 1,000-point scorers, and one 2,000-point scorer. In 2012, he coached National NAIA Division II basketball player of the year, Jen Jorgenson. He was honored in 1986, 1988, and 1989 with the Converse Regional Coach of the Year Award.
“I have been blessed to have a great staff. Kelli has been wonderful to keep the program rolling,” said Smith. Kelli Greenway has been named co-head coach for the 2017-2018 season and will take over as head coach 2018-19.
Coach Smith resides in Maxwell with his wife, Carole.