River Oaks School made a splash Monday morning with the hiring of Eun Jung Lee Smith as its new head girls basketball coach.

Lee-Smith recently retired from the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she spent 29 years. Beginning in 1989 as a part-time volunteer coach, Smith worked her way up to the Associate head women’s basketball coach for the Lady Warhawks and held that position for the last 13 years.  

“Coach Lee-Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the River Oaks staff and we are excited that she has chosen to be a part of our program,” River Oaks headmaster David Nordman said.

As a player, Lee-Smith was named a Kodak All-American for both 1985 and 1986. In 1991, she was inducted into the ULM Hall of Fame and in 1998 was inducted to the Louisiana Hall of Fame (one of only seven women ever inducted as a basketball player). 

Collegiate honors include being named Southland Conference Player of the Decade for the 1980’s, and Conference Player of the Year for 4 straight years from 1983 – 1986. In 1985, Lee-Smith led the then Northeast Louisiana University Women’s Basketball Team to a Final Four birth as team captain and starting point guard. Smith was named All-Tournament in five different National Tournaments during her career and was named the No.1 point guard in the nation in 1986. 

Coach Lee-Smith holds several school records for NLU/ULM including most free throws made, most free throws attempted, most assists, highest assist average, most steals, most games started, most games played, and most consecutive games played. 

After college, she went on to play professionally for Club Visby AIK in Visby, Sweden and Felisatta, Ferrar, Italy from 1986 – 1989. 

Lee-Smith will be responsible for the River Oaks girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. 

“We are delighted to have Coach E.J. Lee-Smith as a member of the River Oaks coaching staff,” Nordman said.


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