Smith named Clemson women's basketball head coach

Audra Smith was named head coach of Clemson Women's Basketball on Monday.

CLEMSON (CLEMSON SID)- Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich announced on Monday that Audra Smith has been chosen to lead the Women's Basketball program. Smith, a 1992 Virginia graduate, has spent the last nine seasons at the helm of the UAB program. She led the Blazers to 57 wins over the last three seasons, the most in any three-year period at UAB in 17 years.

Known for tenacious defense, Smith's teams have finished in the top-50 nationally in scoring defense each of the past three seasons. In 2011-12, her squad ranked third in the nation at 49.1 points allowed per game. The past three seasons rank as the three best in school history in terms of scoring defense.

Smith, the sixth head coach in Clemson history, has experience in the ACC, working as an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan at Virginia. As an assistant from 1994-2004, the team reached the NCAA Tournament in nine of her ten seasons.

During Smith's career as a student-athlete, Virginia was 113-18 in four seasons, made three trips to the Final Four and won two ACC Championships. One of her teammates at UVa was current South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.