While most Mississippi State fans had their focus on following the baseball team in the Lafayette Regional, the Bulldogs basketball programs had some shakeups among the coaching staff.
Rick Ray announced the addition of former Clemson standout Tanner Smith to his staff as a graduate assistant while Vic Schaefer lost assistant coach Brittany Hudson to rival Ole Miss.
Smith, 24, comes to Starkville after announcing his retirement after playing professionally in Europe the past two seasons. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard was an all-star in the Dutch Basketball League as a rookie and spent last year with MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in Germany.
Ray confirmed Smith’s hire via Twitter.
“We are happy to add former @ClemsonMBB player, Tanner Smith, to our staff as a Graduate Assistant. Tanner will do a great job with our team!”
The Norcross, Ga., native is a former three-star prospect who lettered four seasons and started three for the Tigers, including as a senior in 2011-12 while Ray was an assistant at Clemson. Smith is a four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection and also won the Mr. Effort Award, Tiger Pride Award and C.J. Spiller Award.
Hudson spent the past two seasons in Starkville on Schaefer’s initial staff before taking an assistant coaching position for Matt Insell in Oxford.
“I am extremely excited about having Brittany Hudson join our staff as an assistant coach,” Insell said in a release. “Brittany is one of the top recruiters in the country and the experience she has recruiting in the SEC, coupled with her ability to recruit the top players in the country made her a ‘must hire” in my eyes.”
Prior to MSU, Hudson spent one season as an assistant coach at Daytona State College and another as director of operations at Morehead State University. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native played her collegiate career at both Georgia State and Valdosta State.
“I am honored to work for such a great institution and a head coach that I have a great relationship with,” Hudson said in a release. “I believe in Coach Insell’s vision and couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Ole Miss women’s basketball family. Coach Insell is creating a championship culture with honesty, hard work and discipline and I am ecstatic to be a part of a staff that believes in these winning tools. With his guidance, the players and this program will reach new heights. I am eager to get the ball rolling and start working with our players. Hotty Toddy!”