FORT MILL — Nation Ford Lady Falcons new head basketball coach Mike Smith is taking a wait-and-see approach about this basketball season.
Smith takes over for Frank Snider, who left in the spring to become head football coach at Maiden High School, after three seasons with Nation Ford.
Smith comes to Nation Ford after serving mostly as an assistant at Presbyterian College for the past 10 years, where he has helped coach both the men’s and women’s programs. Smith helped with the mens’ team from 2002-2004 and then switched sidelines helping with the women’s program from 2004-2007 and again from 2009-2012. He also coached women’s lacrosse for Presbyterian College during the 2007-2008 season.
Smith has three returning players in Taylor Yarborough, Chelsea Gant and Ashley Lincoln, but has lost a lot of scoring power with the graduation of the Bright twins – Katie and Ellen – and Zharne Glover.
“We are learning a new coach and a new system,” he said. “We are looking for players that are leaders.”
Smith said he wants to be able to push the ball, but also wants the Lady Falcons to be known for their defense.
“We shoot the ball well in spots,” he said. “Our challenge is getting them to know how hard they have to work to be successful.”
On top of returning assistant coach Mike Ross, Smith has brought in a fellow assistant in Pam Adams, who played college basketball at Kansas St. Smith’s wife, Lynn, who played at Presbyterian College, will also help out.
“I am real pleased with our coaching staff,” he said.
Smith said he is optimistic this year’s team came make the playoffs.
“It is going to take a tremendous effort,” he added.
The Lady Falcons tip off right before the guys on Nov. 27 at home against Marvin Ridge.