John Smith

John Smith (born March 12, 1969)

Teams coached: Cal Poly Mustangs
Cal Poly record: 30-117 (.204)
Overall record^: 30-117 (.204)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-2024 Cal Poly
2013-2019 Cal State Fullerton (assoc. HC)
2004-2013 Riverside City College
2000-2004 San Bernardino Valley College
199#-## College of Southern Idaho (asst)
199#-199# Chaffey College (asst)

John Smith Facts

  • John Smith
  • Born March 12, 1969
  • Hometown: Riverside, California
  • Alma Mater: Dominican University (BS, 1994) / Azusa Pacific University (MS, 2004)
  • Started his college career at UNLV, where he played under Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Tarkanian
    • Transferred to NAIA Dominican in San Rafael, CA, where he played for brother, Steve Smith
  • Early coaching jobs included stints as an assistant College of Southern Idaho, Chaffey College (CA), Valley View HS (CA) and at his alma mater, J.W. North HS in Riverside, CA
  • Spent one year as the West Coast scout for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA
  • Served as head coach at assistant athletic director at San Bernardino Valley College (CA) for four year
    • Went 88-40 during his tenure, earning Foothill Conference COY honors in 2003
  • Was the head coach at Riverside City College (CA) for nine seasons, going 196-87 (.693) overall
    • Won four conference titles (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011) and the 2009 CCCAA state championship
    • Inducted into the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016
  • Spent six seasons as associate head coach under Dedrique Taylor at Cal State Fullerton
  • Hired in March 2019 to be the head coach at Cal Poly, his first D-I head coaching opportunity
    • Never won more than seven games in any of his five seasons at the helm; was fired in March 2024 amidst a 0-20 Big West campaign

John Smith Coaching Tree

  • Justin Downer (Point Loma)


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