William Peace University Hires Brandy Smith as Head Women’s Basketball Coach

William Peace University’s Director of Athletics, Phil Rowe, has named Brandy Smith as the new head coach for the Pacers’ women’s basketball program. Smith has served the last six seasons as the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Corinth Holders High School. She replaces longtime coach and Director of Athletics Kelly Johnson, who was at the helm for the previous 12 years.

“I’m super excited to be a part of William Peace University. It’s an exciting time for growth and development, and I’m ready to do my part, bringing a new life and a new energy into the women’s basketball program,” Smith said. “I can’t wait to get things running and to install some of the things I’ve learned throughout the years. Hopefully the women are as excited as I am and ready for something new, something fresh and to win some games.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Coach Smith join the Pacer family as our next head women’s basketball coach,” Rowe said. “Coach Smith’s recruiting background and her passion for building programs came through very clearly during our hiring process. We believe she is a perfect fit for our women’s program, and we look forward to her leadership heading into the 2016-2017 season and beyond.”

Smith became the first-ever varsity girls’ basketball coach at Corinth Holders when the school originally opened in 2010. Smith built the program from the ground up and guided them to its best season in program history in 2014-15, as the Pirates finished 19-7 overall with an 8-2 mark in league play.

After graduating from the University of Mount Olive in 2004, Smith spent two years as an assistant women’s basketball coach under head coach Wendy Lee. Smith was also the Trojan’s starting point guard and team captain prior to her transition into coaching.

From there, she went on to become Head Basketball Coach at Goldsboro High School (2006-2010) before taking the job at Corinth Holders.

Smith and the Pacers open the regular season on the road against Lynchburg College November 15. She will make her debut at the Hermann Athletic Center when the program hosts the annual Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament on November 18 and 19.


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