Tubby Smith steps down as High Point Panthers men’s basketball coach, son GG Smith takes over
Tubby Smith announced Wednesday that he is stepping down as High Point men’s basketball head coach. His son, GG Smith, will take over for the remainder of this season and for the 2022-23 campaign.
Tubby Smith, 70, made the move after a second bout of COVID-19 kept him away from the program for an extended period. High Point said in a statement it will assist with alumni and community engagement and fundraising for athletics through the end of the year.
“I feel blessed to have had an incredible career coaching, coaching and teaching great young men in first-class institutions,” Smith said in the statement. “Working at my alma mater at this stage of my career has been a dream. I’m thrilled to have GG taking over as head coach. He will do a great job.
“Moving forward [wife] Donna and I will continue the work we have done for over two decades to support and assist the University as proud HPU alumni. HPU will always have a very special place in our hearts as we met and fell in love here at High Point. Our commitment and passion for HPU will never waver and we intend to continue to be an integral part of its growth and prosperity into the future. »
Tubby Smith was hired by High Point in 2018 after being fired by Memphis. He was given a five-year contract and went 45-68 as the school’s head coach.
“Tubby Smith is a Hall of Fame Head Coach and HPU has been fortunate to have his leadership of our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Dan Hauser said in the statement. “From day one with the Panthers, Coach Smith established a first-class program of the highest character and integrity. His passion on the field was unmatched and his enthusiasm for engaging with HPU alumni and in the High Point community was amazing to experience. I am thrilled to be working with GG and continuing to grow the basketball program.”
Overall, Tubby Smith is 642-370 with stops including Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Memphis as well as High Point. He led Kentucky to a national championship in 1998 and took five schools to the NCAA Tournament, most recently Texas Tech in 2016.