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Joseph Smith joins Morrisville State College coaching staff

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College athletic director, Greg Carroll, recently announced the addition of Sherrill, N.Y. native, Joseph Smith, as head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2009.

The 2004 graduate of Hamilton College, played four years for Tom Murphy and the Continentals’, and was instrumental in leading the team to several post-season tournament appearances, including the ECAC Tournament in 2001, the UCAA semi-finals in 2002, the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round in 2003 and the NCAA Tournament in 2004. As a senior, Smith averaged 21.0 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game, starting all 27 games for Hamilton, and was named the Liberty League Player of the Year and Division III New York State Player of the Year in 2004, while garnering All-American honors.

During his time at Hamilton, the team went 66-31 overall. Smith holds the third spot in the Continentals record book for career blocks with 120, and is 14th in career scoring with 1,333 points.

Following graduation from Hamilton, Smith played professionally for the BK Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark until 2009, where the team appeared in the playoff’s four times, including a 2007 run to the semi-final round. While with the BK Amager, Smith was a four-time Danish League All-Star and also assisted in all aspects of coaching during his time in Denmark.

Smith returned to the States for a season, joining the SUNYIT coaching staff in 2005-06 as an assistant for the men’s basketball program. That same year, SUNYIT reached the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) finals for the first time in school history, earning the team a bid to the ECAC Championship Tournament.

Since 2000, Smith has given private basketball lessons to the local community, lecturing at area high schools and camps on playing excellence, assisting to develop local talent to continue their playing career to the collegiate level.

Smith had a stellar playing stint for Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, under local legend Al Knapp, where he was a three-time All-State and Section III All-Star, leading the Red Devils to a sectional championship title in 1999.

Smith takes over for Brian Murphy who served at the helm of the program for the past five seasons.

Morrisville State is set to begin pre-season practice on Thursday, October 15.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.