May 9, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Holly Warlick has announced that former Kentucky hoops standout Amber Smith will join the Lady Vol staff as a graduate assistant.
Smith, who will begin on July 1, replaces former graduate assistant Josh Baney, who transitions to the role of camp coordinator. Smith will assist the staff with on-campus recruiting and a variety of general office duties.
"We are very excited to have Amber join our program," Warlick said. "She knows the commitment required at this level, she has great passion for the game and has leadership qualities you would expect from someone who has played point guard. I look for her to be a strong liaison with our players and a nice addition to our staff."
A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Smith recently was one of 50 participants chosen to attend the 11th annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. The three-day workshop was held April 5-7 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans.
Playing the point for the Wildcats from 2008-12, Smith was a member of one of the most successful senior classes in UK hoops history. Despite undergoing knee surgeries on both knees, she concluded her career having played in 123 games with 109 starting assignments. She averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 assists per game during her time in Lexington and helped UK advance to four consecutive postseason tournaments, including three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eights.
Smith ranks sixth on UK's all-time list for games played (123) and assists (425), and she is No. 8 in assists per game (3.455). The 2008 SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll member graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in integrated strategic communications in May of 2011.