If nothing else, moments and relationships loom large in one’s journey through high school.
Noted for building rapport between herself and members of the North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team, the school’s athletic trust hopes Brooke Smith can help create instances those in Little River will talk about for years to come.
An assistant the past four seasons, Smith was recently given the keys to the school’s girls hoops program.
“We were delicate with the transition process, it is very important,” said North Myrtle Beach athletic director Joe Quigley. “We’ve been pleased with what (Smith) has been able to do with the kids and the relationships she’s building. A good group of girls are coming in, and felt Brooke was the right person for the direction we believe we’re going.”
She takes over for Jude Hunt, who resigned in March after 11 seasons leading the Chiefs girls hoops program. In his tenure, North Myrtle Beach won more than 140 games and qualified for the postseason each of the past 10 years.
If the 2016-17 campaign is a harbinger of things to come for Smith, she’ll be just fine. Under her tutelage, the North Myrtle Beach junior varsity girls hoops team finished with a perfect 16-0 record.
Before coming to the Grand Strand, Smith was a four-year letterman at McDaniel College in Maryland. In her senior season, the Green Terror won the Centennial Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
According to Quigley, the new Chiefs girls basketball coach is working fast to put her stamp on the program.
“Previously, she had a lot to do with the team’s offseason program and skill development, so she’s doing many of the things she was doing before,” he said. “But as a head coach, you’re seeing the girls perform well for her. Their energy levels have been great and expectations are high, which is what you want.
“Last year, we hired Alvin Green to lead our boys basketball team. Him and (Smith) seem to work well together, they’re very willing to work with each other. For as long as she’s been here, she’s been an asset … I don’t see that changing as our girls basketball coach.”