29 Facts About Katie Smith


Katie Smith was born on June 4,1974 and is lead assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association.


Katie Smith is the former head coach of the New York Liberty.


Katie Smith was the all-time leading scorer in women's professional basketball, having achieved over 7000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career.


On March 31,2018, Katie Smith was named to the 2018 class of inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


Katie Smith was born in Logan, Ohio, where she spent her formative years.


Katie Smith began playing basketball as early as the 5th grade on a boys' team and took tap dance and ballet lessons as a youngster.


Katie Smith's older brother, John, was a member of one of 11 University of Mount Union football teams that won the NCAA Division III title.


Katie Smith now is the head football coach at Bexley High School.


Katie Smith was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.


Katie Smith participated in the inaugural WBCA High School All-America Game in 1992, scoring fourteen points, and earning MVP honors.


Katie Smith attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 1992 to 1996, and helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year.


Katie Smith earned two Big Ten Conference player of the year awards as a senior: the conference's own award and the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball.


Katie Smith was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in October 2001.


Katie Smith played for the Columbus Quest of the ABL, helping the team to win both League championships in its only two full seasons of existence.


From 1999 to 2005 Katie Smith played for the Minnesota Lynx, where her outside shooting was the central focus of the Lynx offense.


On July 30,2005, Katie Smith was traded to the Detroit Shock along with the Lynx's 2006 second round pick, for Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas and the Shock's 2006 first round draft pick.


In 2006, Katie Smith became the first WNBA player to win All Star games as a member of both the Eastern and Western Conference teams.


Katie Smith became the only player to earn both ABL and WNBA championship rings when the Shock won the WNBA title, defeating the Sacramento Monarchs, the same year.


On March 16,2010, Katie Smith signed a contract with the Washington Mystics as a free agent.


On September 11,2011 Katie Smith became the third player to score 6,000 points in her WNBA career.


In 2013, Katie Smith was picked up by the New York Liberty and announced that the 2013 season would be her last.


Katie Smith was chosen to join the team which was invited to the 1993 U19 World Championship.


Katie Smith was the second leading scorer for the team with 9.9 points per game.


Katie Smith represented the US at the 1995 World University Games held in Fukuoka, Japan in August and September 1995.


Katie Smith was invited to be a member of the Jones Cup team representing the US in 1996.


Katie Smith was named associate head coach of the New York Liberty for the 2016 season.


Katie Smith was elevated to head coach in October 2017.


Katie Smith was the head coach in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but her contract was not renewed for 2020.


Katie Smith then became the lead assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx.