Wanisha Smith joined the Blue Devil staff as an assistant coach for the Duke women’s basketball team in June of 2019. She will coach the guards and will be heavily involved in recruiting with the Blue Devils.
Smith was a talented player who earned her bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies from Duke in 2008. During her time in Durham, she helped the Blue Devils post a record of 119-15, making an appearance in the NCAA Final Four, the Elite Eight and the Sweet 16. Smith recorded 1,256 points and still ranks fifth for single-season assists (154) and fifth in career assists (496). She was a four-time ACC Rookie of the Week and her 154 assists during the 2014-15 season set a freshman assists mark. After serving as a team captain during her senior season she was drafted 27th overall by the New York Liberty. Smith went on to play for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA.
Smith joins the Blue Devils after spending the eight years at Longwood University and three at Towson University. She played a key role in the development of a Lancers’ program that advanced to the 2013 Big South Championship game as the seventh seed in Longwood’s first year in the conference. Smith, who worked with the guards, wore many hats during her time in Farmville. She served as the team’s equipment manager, alumni reunion liaison, guard developer, scheduling coordinator and video coordinator. Smith helped with scouting and game-day preparation along with conducting practices within the system.
During her time on the Towson staff, Smith worked with developing guards and coached multiple players to major success in the 2018-19 season. Smith’s work as an assistant in the 2018-19 season helped lead Towson to its first CAA Championship title and the first program appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Smith played for Richardson at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She was a McDonalds, WBCA and Parade All-American in 2004. Smith was honored as the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and the Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year as a senior in 2004. Smith started her high school career in Ohio and was named the Co-Player of the Year in 2002 as a sophomore with Amber Bland and Marscilla Packer. She scored over 2,500 points during her high school career.
In the summer of 2003 she played for the gold medal-winning East Team at the USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival. She led the team to a 5-0 record and averaged 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and hit 18 of 20 free throws.