Craig Smith

Craig Smith (born December 14, 1972)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Utah Utes
Current conference: Big 12 Conference
Mayville State record: 72–29 (.713)
South Dakota record: 79-55 (.590)
Utah State record: 74-24 (.755)
Utah record: 50-50 (.500)
Overall record^: 275-158 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Utah
2018-2021 Utah State
2014-2018 South Dakota
2012-2014 Nebraska (asst)
2008-2012 Colorado State (asst)
2007-2008 Colorado State (DBO)
2004-2007 Mayville State
2001-2004 North Dakota State (asst)
1998-2001 Minot State (asst)
1997-1998 Northern State (grad. asst)
1996-1997 Mayville State (asst)

Craig Smith Facts

  • Craig Francis Smith
  • Born December 14, 1972
  • Hometown: Stephen, Minnesota
  • Alma Mater: University of North Dakota (BA, 1996) / Northern State University (M.Ed, 1998)
  • Started his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant at NAIA Mayville State (ND) under Tim Miles
  • Becoming a grad assistant at Division II Northern State (SD) a year later
  • Spent three years as an assistant at North Dakota State under Miles before a three-year stint as the head coach Mayville State
    • Went 72-29 overall, going to the NAIA D-II Tournament three times – finished runner-up in 2007
  • Rejoined Miles at Colorado State as DBO in 2007, becoming an assistant a year later
    • Followed Miles to Nebraska in 2012, spending two years as a Huskers assistant
  • In four years as the head coach at South Dakota, Smith’s teams went 79-55 and won the Summit League title in 2017
  • Hired in March 2018 to become the head coach at Utah State; went 74-24 over three years at the helm
  • In March 2021, Smith was hired to be the head coach of the Utah Utes
    • By year three, Smith and the Utes won 22 games and reached the 2024 NIT Semifinals

Craig Smith Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA Division II levels