Wingate Smith begins his fourth season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Huskies.
Smith's duties include assisting with the team's travel arrangements, summer camps, budget, community service activities and on-campus recruiting.
A native of Thomasville, N.C., Smith came to Seattle from the high school coaching ranks having served as an assistant varsity girls' basketball coach at Thomasville, N.C., in 2006-07. He helped lead the team to a 20-5 record and the 2007 Yadkin Valley regular season championship title. Smith taught eighth-grade social studies at Thomasville Middle School, where he was also the head soccer coach.
Smith earned his bachelor's degree in geography from North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2005. As an undergrad, he served as a student manager for Sylvia Hatchell and the UNC Lady Tar Heels during the 2004-05 season.
Smith went on to get his Master's degree in education from Wake Forest in August, 2006. At Wake Forest, he was the video coordinator for the Demon Deacon women's basketball team during the 2005-06 campaign.
Smith was a two-year varsity letterman in basketball at Thomasville High School were he played point guard and shooting guard. He helped his prep squad to the 2000 North Carolina 1-A state championship title. Smith resides in Seattle.