Nate Smith will enter his second season as Sacramento
State’s director of basketball operations in 2014-15, and
fourth as a member of the staff. He also served two years as the
team manager from 2011-13.
Smith was part of a staff that saw the 2013-14 squad win its most conference games (10) since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996-97, clinch a conference tournament berth for the first time since 2006, won its most home games (11-3 record) since 1989, set the Div. I era record (1991-pres.) with a .460 field goal percentage and win seven consecutive home games which matched a Div. I-era record.
The season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion as the Hornets fell in the first round of the conference tournament to North Dakota, 79-76. However, Sacramento State will return all five starters in 2014-15, including arguably the best back court in the conference in guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection and became the first Hornet during the Div. I era to garner all-region accolades.
Off the court, the men’s basketball team posted a 3.092 grade point average during the 2014 spring semester, believed to be the best semester mark in school history. In addition, the team finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.043 gpa, also the best mark in program history.
In addition, Smith spearheaded Sacramento State’s summer camps during the summer of 2014. He also worked the camps in 2012 and 2013.
Smith, who was born in Sacramento, became the Hornets’ team manager the day he stepped foot on campus in the fall of 2011. He will graduate in the fall of 2014 from Sacramento State with a degree in kinesiology.
Smith played four years of high school basketball at Sylvania Southview High School in Ohio, where he was a three-year member of the varsity squad.