David W. Smith is in his third season as a Trinity Tigers assistant men’s basketball coach.
Coach Smith served in the U.S. Army for over 22 years, and retired in April 2015 with the rank of major. In that time period, he also gained invaluable coaching experience. He was the head coach of the Men’s All-Army Basketball Team from 2009-2012, which included the selection of 22 players from a pool of 250 applicants each year. The All-Army Team had many talented players, including Tim James, the former Big East Conference Player of the Year, and National Basketball Association first-round pick, as well as many other Division I and professional players.
The versatile Coach Smith also was a four-time head coach, two-time assistant coach, and chief of mission for the men’s All-Armed Forces Team from 2009-2012. He played a major role in training the team to compete at a national (Olympic) level.
Coach Smith’s teams won gold, silver, and bronze medals at numerous tournaments, including the Armed Forces Basketball Championships, the World Military Games, and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) international tournament.
He received a number of commendations from the Army, where he served as a company commander in combat. Coach Smith also was a member of the White House Communications Agency.
Coach Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in justice administration from Hawaii Pacific University in 2004. In 2014, Coach Smith received a master’s in management/logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
He played basketball at Dilce Combs Memorial High School in Perry County, Kentucky; and for a brief time was a walk-on player at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. Alice Lloyd is a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the NAIA Division II.
Coach Smith has been married for over 16 years to Dina Smith, an Army major with over 25 years of service. They have two children, Lonnie and Lorin.