As of March 8, 2016
Charlotte Smith, who has played for and won gold medals with USA Basketball as an athlete, was named to her first USA Basketball coaching assignment on March 8, 2016, as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Women’s U18 National Team.
“It’s an honor to be named assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team,” Smith said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be able to give back and coach for USA Basketball after having played for several years on the collegiate level. It’s a privilege to represent your country, and I definitely look forward to working with Coach McConnell-Serio and Coach Ethridge.”
Smith won a gold medal at the 1996 R. William Jones Cup and silver medals at the 1995 World University Games and 1992 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (then known as the Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament). She also played for the 1997 USA Basketball Women's International Invitational Team, the 1994 USA Select Team and at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival.
Now in her fifth season as the head coach at Elon University, she has compiled an 87-68 record (all records are as of March 8, 2016), and thus far in 2015-16, Elon is 18-11.
In its inaugural season in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014-15, Smith led Elon to a 19-12 record, an 11-7 conference mark and the school’s first WNIT appearance. The team tied for third during the regular season, earned the No. 4 seed in the CAA Championship and reached its third straight CAA semifinals.
In 2013-14, Elon went 10-8 in Southern Conference play during the 2013-14 season and advanced to the tournament semifinals for the second straight year.
In 2012-13, Elon posted a 19-14 record, including its best ever Southern Conference mark of 14-6. The maroon and gold earned a program-best three seed in the SoCon Tournament and advanced to the tournament semifinals. Smith took the Phoenix to its second postseason appearance of the Division I era in the 2013 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) as the team advanced to the tournament quarterfinals. During the season, Elon held a 13-game home winning streak, dating from Dec. 15, 2012 – March 23, 2013. Smith coached the Phoenix to a win over all 10-league teams, including conference champion Chattanooga, handing UTC its only conference loss of the season.
Smith led the Phoenix to a 16-14 mark in her first season (2011-12), the most victories by a first-year head coach in program history.
As an assistant coach at UNC for nine seasons, Smith helped the Tar Heels to a 257-54 record, including a 100-30 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UNC won four ACC titles during Smith's tenure, making seven appearances in the top-25 national rankings. The Tar Heels made the NCAA Tournament in all nine seasons during Smith’s tenure, making two trips to the Final Four as well as six Sweet Sixteen and four Elite Eight appearances. From 2005-2008, North Carolina earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The most decorated player in North Carolina history, Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Tar Heels from 1991-92 through 1994-95 and is one of only two UNC women’s basketball players to have had her jersey retired. She was the National Player of the Year by ESPN in 1995 following a career in which she scored 2,094 points (fifth all-time at UNC) and grabbed 1,200 rebounds (second all-time at UNC).
Smith is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1994 NCAA Championship game, when her buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave UNC the national crown with a 60-59 win over Louisiana Tech. She also had a championship-record 23 rebounds in the game and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.
The ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992, Smith earned All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons as the Tar Heels claimed back-to-back conference crowns.
As a senior, she was named All-America by Kodak, the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In 2002, she was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team as one of the top players in conference history. She also was honored as the 10th-best female athlete in the history of the league.
Early in her senior season, she became just the second collegiate women's player to dunk in a game when she did so against North Carolina A & T on Dec. 4, 1994.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1999.
Following her collegiate career, Smith played professional basketball in Italy, where she was MVP of the Italian All-Star Game for the 1995-96 season. She also spent the 1999-2000 season there.
The Colorado Xplosion picked Smith in the third round (17th overall) of the initial American Basketball League draft in 1996. She spent two-and-a-half seasons in the league, playing for Colorado and the San Jose Lasers and earning All-Star honors.
Smith was the 33rd pick in the 1999 WNBA draft by Charlotte and played six seasons for the Sting before moving to Washington in 2005 to Indiana in 2006.
A native of Shelby, North Carolina, she graduated from Shelby High School, where she earned all-state honors and was her team's MVP all four years. Smith completed her UNC bachelor's degree in sociology in 1999.
In addition to playing professional basketball, she has interned in the Charlotte Sting offices and has worked for US Sports Management, Inc.
In May 2015, Smith was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.