Byron Smith

Byron Smith (born September 26, 1969)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Prairie View A&M Panthers
Current conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Prairie View A&M record: 113-114 (.498)
Overall record^: 113-114 (.498)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present Prairie View A&M
2013-2016 Prairie View A&M (asst)
2009-2010 Texas Southern (asst)
2007-2009 Texas A&M (asst)
2002-2003 Harlem Globetrotters
2001-2002 McClennan CC (TX) (asst)
2000-2001 Texas Southern (asst)
1998-2000 Houston (DBO)

Byron Smith Facts

  • Byron Smith
  • Born September 26, 1969
  • Hometown: Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: University of Houston (BA, 1991)
  • Started his career playing for Don Beasley at Northwestern State and, after a year at Tyler JC (TX), finished at Houston
    • Two-time All-Southwest selection with the Cougars, playing under head coach Pat Foster
    • Played professionally for several years in Australia, Turkey and Greece
  • Began his coaching career in 1998 at his alma mater, spending two seasons as DBO under head coach Clyde Drexler
  • Spent one year each assisting at Texas Southern (under Robert Moreland) and McClennan CC in Waco, TX before becoming the head coach of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in 2002
  • After several years running camps and coaching AAU in Houston, Smith got back into the college game and spent two years on Mark Turgeon‘s staff at Texas A&M
  • Returned for another stint as an assistant at Texas Southern in 2009, working on Tony Harvey’s staff for one season
  • In between coaching gigs, Smith ran a business in Houston that coached performance skills and hosted fundamentals programs
  • Joined the coach staff of Byron Rimm II at PVAMU in 2013, spending nearly three years as an assistant with the Panthers
    • Took over as interim head coach in January 2016 after Rimm resigned, going 6-6 over the season’s remaining 12 games
    • Named the permanent head coach during the off-season, winning 13 and 16 games in his first two seasons
    • Smith’s 2018-19 team claimed the SWAC regular season title and won the SWAC Tournament for the first time in program history, earning the team an NCAA berth and Smith SWAC COY honors
    • The Panthers repeated as SWAC champions in both 2020 and 2021, while Smith was SWAC COY again each year (three-straight)
  • Has one son and one daughter

Byron Smith Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only