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Charmin Smith is the longest-tenured coach on the California bench, beginning her sixth year at Cal.
Smith became an assistant coach for the California women's basketball team during May of 2007. In her first two seasons in Berkeley, Cal set a school record for wins in a season, finishing both years with 27-7 marks. The Bears also recorded their best-ever Pac-10 record (15-3) and showing (2nd), and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08 and the third round in 2008-09. She was also part of the staff that led the Bears to the 2010 WNIT Championship. Smith has helped lead the Bears to the post season in each of her five seasons in Berkeley. Smith came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons with the Cardinal and spending six years playing professionally. During Smith's tenure as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal posted an 87-16 (.845) record and made a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances.
As a coach at Stanford, Smith played an integral role in the development of three of the Pac-10's top posts - Brooke Smith, Jayne Appel and Kristen Newlin - and in the spring of 2007, she switched her focus to working with the Cardinal guards, including three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins.
Smith was a star player for Stanford from 1993-97, helping the Cardinal to three NCAA Final Fours, as well as three Pac-10 titles. Following her playing career, she joined the professional ranks in the ABL from 1997-98 as a member of the Portland Power. She also played three years in the WNBA and one year in the Swedish Basketball League.
Smith began her coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach at Boston College, helping the Eagles to one of their most successful seasons in school history. During her lone season, Boston College won its first Big East title and received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Mideast Regional semifinals. A four-year letterwinner at Stanford, Smith earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the school. The St. Louis, Mo., native was a two-time recipient of the Coaches' Award (1994, 1997) and was named the team's Most Improved Player in 1995.
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