Saul Smith begins his third season as director of video production and team video coordinator at Texas Tech. He assists the coaching staff in breaking down game and practice video along with statistical metrics.
Smith possesses nine years of experience as an assistant coach which includes six seasons at Minnesota on Tubby Smith’s staff. He oversaw the Gophers guard development and ball handling improvement. Smith developed five players who would end their Minnesota career on the program’s 1,000-point scoring list.
Smith’s first assistant coach position came at Tennessee Tech under Mike Sutton from 2004-07. He was involved in all phases of the program which included player development, recruiting, organization, on-floor coaching and academics. When Sutton was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Smith and associate head coach Steve Payne guided the Golden Eagles to two of their most successful season in school history. Tennessee Tech never finished below third place in the Ohio Valley Conference and won the regular season championship in 2004-05.
Smith turned in an impressive playing career at Kentucky under his father highlighted by the 1998 NCAA championship, three SEC regular season and tournament titles. He started at point guard in 70 games, and the Wildcats amassed a 130-33 record over his four-year career. Smith led UK in assists in his junior and senior seasons and dished out 363 career assists which currently ranks 10th in program history.
Following his UK career, Smith captained an SEC All-Star team that went 4-1 versus the Japanese Olympic team. He was invited to the Houston Rockets’ summer camp before he spent two years playing for the NBDL’s Columbus Riverdragons.
As a prep standout, Smith earned Northeast Georgia Player of the Year by the Athens Daily News during his senior season at Clarke Central High School. He averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game en route to All-State honors as a senior.
Smith graduated from Kentucky in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He began his coaching career and served as a special assistant on UK’s coaching staff in 2004.