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Shaka Smart

Head Men's Basketball Coach at University of Texas

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Shaka Smart was born April 8, 1977 and is an American college basketball coach, and the current head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams men's basketball program. Before accepting the job at VCU, Smart served as an assistant coach of both the Clemson Tigers and Florida Gators men's basketball programs.

VCU hired Smart to be the head coach in the spring of 2009 after the previous coach, Anthony Grant, left to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Smart's hire made him the 10th youngest head coach in Division I. In his first season, he led the Rams to a 27–10 season and a CBI Championship after VCU swept St. Louis in the championship best of three series.

Smart's second season began with forward Larry Sanders declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season. Sanders' selection by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick made VCU the first school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in consecutive years, as the Utah Jazz had selected guard Eric Maynor with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Rams under Smart went 23–11 in the 2010–2011 season. Smart led the Rams to their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, where they fell to Old Dominion.

Despite not securing the automatic bid, VCU earned an at-large bid to the Southwest region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. His coaching strategy, positive outlook, and patience helped VCU upset the 6th-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and 3rd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. VCU won 72–71 against Florida State University to earn the school's first spot in the Elite Eight and subsequently defeated the University of Kansas 71–61 for their first Final Four appearance.

Smart's teams play a style of basketball known as "havoc." Smart described his "havoc" defensive philosophy during his introductory press conference as, "We are going to wreak havoc on our opponent's psyche and their plan of attack." On the court, the "havoc" defensive mindset is visible through the heavy use of the full court press and pressing after made baskets to disrupt opponents' timing of offensive sets. In his second season, VCU led the Colonial Athletic Association in steals. Offensively, Smart-coached teams play uptempo and push the ball after misses and makes with what Smart describes as "The freedom to make plays in the open court."

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Shaka Smart

Head Men's Basketball Coach at University of Texas

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Shaka Smart Biography

Shaka Smart was born April 8, 1977 and is an American college basketball coach, and the current head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams men's basketball program. Before accepting the job at VCU, Smart served as an assistant coach of both the Clemson Tigers and Florida Gators men's basketball programs.

VCU hired Smart to be the head coach in the spring of 2009 after the previous coach, Anthony Grant, left to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Smart's hire made him the 10th youngest head coach in Division I. In his first season, he led the Rams to a 27–10 season and a CBI Championship after VCU swept St. Louis in the championship best of three series.

Smart's second season began with forward Larry Sanders declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season. Sanders' selection by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick made VCU the first school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in consecutive years, as the Utah Jazz had selected guard Eric Maynor with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Rams under Smart went 23–11 in the 2010–2011 season. Smart led the Rams to their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, where they fell to Old Dominion.

Despite not securing the automatic bid, VCU earned an at-large bid to the Southwest region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. His coaching strategy, positive outlook, and patience helped VCU upset the 6th-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and 3rd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. VCU won 72–71 against Florida State University to earn the school's first spot in the Elite Eight and subsequently defeated the University of Kansas 71–61 for their first Final Four appearance.

Smart's teams play a style of basketball known as "havoc." Smart described his "havoc" defensive philosophy during his introductory press conference as, "We are going to wreak havoc on our opponent's psyche and their plan of attack." On the court, the "havoc" defensive mindset is visible through the heavy use of the full court press and pressing after made baskets to disrupt opponents' timing of offensive sets. In his second season, VCU led the Colonial Athletic Association in steals. Offensively, Smart-coached teams play uptempo and push the ball after misses and makes with what Smart describes as "The freedom to make plays in the open court."

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  • Texas Men's Basketball: Shaka Smart Press Conference [Jan. 16, 2017]
  • Shaka Smart post Richmond

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  • How to book Shaka Smart?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shaka Smart for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shaka Smart, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shaka Smart or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shaka Smart?

    Booking fees for Shaka Smart, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shaka Smart, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shaka Smart?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shaka Smart for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shaka Smart for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shaka Smart or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shaka Smart or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Shaka Smart is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shaka Smart for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Shaka Smart generally travels from TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Buzz Williams, Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, John Calipari and Dana Altman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shaka Smart for an upcoming event.

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  • Texas Men's Basketball: Shaka Smart Press Conference [Jan. 16, 2017]
    Shaka Smart post Richmond

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