Minnesota Lynx Associate Head Coach Katie Smith will serve her first assignment as a coach with USA Basketball as a court coach with the 2022 Women’s National Team World Cup training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Smith has been with Minnesota since 2020 and is currently in her ninth season coaching in the WNBA. Since joining the Lynx, she has helped the franchise to two playoff appearances (2020, 2021) in three seasons. Prior to Minnesota, she spent two years as the head coach for New York Liberty (2018, 2019) and four years prior as an assistant in New York since retiring from the WNBA in 2013. Although she is set to fulfill her first stint as a coach with USA Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer boasts a celebrated career across international, WNBA and ABL play.
As a member of the United States Women’s National Team, Smith earned gold at three straight Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008) and gold at the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships for women. Her decorated career outside of USA Basketball features two WNBA championships (2006, 2008), two ABL titles (1997, 1998), two All-WNBA first team selections (2001, 2003), six WNBA All-Star selections (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) and a WNBA scoring title (2001).
Smith attended Ohio State University (1993-1996) where she helped the Buckeyes to two NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1996), including the 1993 NCAA Championship game. The three-time All-Big Ten first team selectee and 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year finished her collegiate tenure with 2,578 points, a then BIG 10 Conference scoring record, which now stands as the seventh most points through a BIG 10 player’s career. She was also the first female student-athlete in school history to have her number retired.
Smith hails from Logan, Ohio, and began playing hoops in the 5th grade while juggling ballet and tap dancing. She attended Logan High School, where she was awarded the National Gatorade Athlete of the Year Award in 1991.