Shaka Smart completed his fifth season as the head basketball coach at The University of Texas in 2019-20. The leader
of a Virginia Commonwealth University program that advanced to the 2011 Final Four and posted at least 26 wins in each of
his six seasons at the school, Smart became the 24th head basketball coach at Texas on April 3, 2015.
In 11 seasons overall as a collegiate head coach, the 42-year-old Smart has compiled a 253-134 (.654) record. Seven of
his first 10 teams advanced to NCAA Tournament play, prior to the 2019-20 season being cut short due to the COVID-19
Under Smart’s direction, the mission of the Texas Basketball program is clear and simple - to create and sustain
championship-level success. Smart and his staff want to develop each student-athlete within the program into the best
possible version of himself. The three core values of the Texas Basketball program are Relationships, Growth and Victory.
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