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Nolan Smith
Director of Basketball Operations
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Basketball Operations
Alma Mater: Duke '11
Phone: (919) 684-8447

Former Duke All-American Nolan Smith joined the Blue Devils' men's basketball staff in February 2016. He spent two seasons as the team's special assistant before his promotion to director of basketball operations in March 2018.

In this role, Smith will work in conjunction with the coaching and support staff to ensure that all team-related needs are met. He will oversee the student manager program, while implementing and creating the daily basketball calendar, and practice schedule. Among a wide-range of duties, he will coordinate all meals and food for the basketball program, while assisting with team travel. As special assistant, his duties included assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.

A consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 2011, Smith helped lead Duke to three consecutive ACC championships (2009-11) and the 2010 NCAA title during his tenure as a student-athlete.

He was a two-time All-ACC selection (2010-11) and was named ACC Tournament MVP as a senior in 2011. Smith led the ACC in scoring in his final season and his 764 points that year still rank as the ninth-best total in program history.

In helping propel Duke to its fourth national championship in 2010, Smith was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA South Regional in Houston and earned a place on the All-Final Four Team after the Blue Devils cut down the nets in Indianapolis.

The Upper Marlboro, Md., native currently ranks 17th on Duke's career scoring chart, having amassed 1,911 points from 2008-11. He played in 121 victories in a Duke uniform to rank fifth in program history and sixth in ACC history, and his 143 games played are tied for the eighth-most in Duke annals. He served as a team captain as a senior in 2011.

During his tenure as a student-athlete, Duke went 65-2 (.970) at Cameron Indoor Stadium to set program records for both home wins and winning percentage in a four-year period.

Smith won an international gold medal with the U.S. at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, averaging 9.0 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Following his graduation, Smith was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

In the summer of 2016, Smith was named the North Carolina state ambassador for Teen Cancer America. TCA is an organization designed to help bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care. Smith serves as an ambassador alongside celebrities such as The Band Perry, Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett for the organization that was founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who.

In July 2018, Smith was one of 11 from Division I basketball named to Teamworks' Basketball Leadership Committe. The committee, comprised of the most forward-thinking Teamworks partners from around the country, will converge to help shape the future of athlete engagement and drive the development of best practices throughout the athletics industry.