Gophers officially name Tubby Smith coach
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Tubby Smith was named the new head
coach at the University of Minnesota on Friday.
The 55-year-old Smith replaces Jim Molinari, who became the interim head
coach of Minnesota when Dan Monson announced his resignation from the
program on November 30.
Monson was in his eighth season with the Golden Gophers, who were off to a
2-5 start at the time of his resignation.
“We’re extremely excited to bring a coach of Tubby Smith’s caliber to the
University of Minnesota,” Gophers athletic director Maturi said. “His record
on the court speaks for itself, but more importantly, he is an educator of
young men and has unquestioned integrity to lead this program to the highest
Smith has been the head coach at Kentucky for the last 10 seasons, compiling a
record of 263-83. The Wildcats have also advanced to the NCAA Tournament every
year with Smith on the bench and have made it to the Elite Eight four times
during his tenure.
The last two seasons, the Wildcats were bounced from the tournament in the
This past season, Kentucky ended the year with a 22-12 record and lost seven
out of its last 11 games overall. The Wildcats season came to an end with a
loss to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18.
In the 1997-98 season, Smith led the Wildcats to the National Championship in
his first year as head coach.
Smith compiled 100 wins faster than any other coach at Kentucky except for
Hall of Famer Adolph Rupp, reaching the plateau in 130 games.
“Tubby Smith will bring a positive, new direction for Gopher mens
basketball,” said Minnesota president Robert Bruininks. “His success in
winning games and guiding student-athletes to academic success will be good
for this program and the entire university.”