Staff
Head Coach
Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith enters season No. 9 as the head women’s basketball coach at LHU.

Smith was hired in July 2007 and faced a daunting task of rebuilding the program.

She was more than up the task and last season the Bald Eagles soared to new heights, reaching the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoffs for the first time in 24 years.

After eight seasons, Smith as The Haven back in the hunt and poised to return to the playoffs.

Smith led LHU on a sensational run during the 2014-15 season. Lock Haven made its first PSAC playoff appearance in 24 years and finished the season with an overall record of 11-16 and 10-12 in conference play. The Bald Eagles downed Smith’s alma mater, Millersville University, for the first time in ten years. The team also was clutch down the stretch as the Bald Eagles won four of their last five games to finish tied for fourth in the PSAC Eastern Division.

During Smith’s tenure at LHU two players have reached the 1,000 career point milestone. Only 13 players overall have hit that mark in the program’s history.

Off the court, the Bald Eagles have been very active in the Lock Haven community, helping with projects such as the YMCA Easter Egg Hunt, YMCA Healthy Kids Day 5K race, YMCA youth basketball clinic, YMCA after-school program, Fraternal Order of Eagles blood drive, Salvation Army Kettle campaign and AAUW book sale. During the 2014-15 academic year the team contributed over 170 hours to the local community.

The Bald Eagles have been successful in the classroom as well as on the court. Under Smith’s tutelage, the program has had 29 student-athletes earn Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) scholar-athlete honors for their extraordinary academic efforts. In order to achieve PSAC Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average while competing in an intercollegiate varsity sport.

Prior to LHU, Smith spent two years as head coach at NCAA Division II, Goldey-Beacom College, located in Wilmington, Delaware. In just two seasons with GBC she was able to turn the program around leading the Lightning to their most wins in school history in 2006-07.

The team went 18-11 overall and 14-8 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play. The 18 wins set a school record for overall wins in a single season and the 14 conference wins also marked a single-season high. During the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, she guided the Goldey-Beacom Lightning to the third most improved overall record in all of Division II women’s basketball. While at Goldey-Beacom, Smith also served as the school’s sports information director.

Coach Smith served as an assistant coach at Millersville University from 2002-2004. Her duties included guard development, recruiting, scouting, camps and extensive help with offensive schemes.

Before stepping into coaching, Smith played for the Lady Marauders from 1998-2002 and was a four-year varsity letter winner. At Millersville, she broke school records for most games played in a career and most three-pointers made in a game. Smith earned the 2002 Elwood J. Finley award as top senior female student-athlete. She served as team captain in 2002, while earning team MVP and offensive player MVP awards. During Smith’s playing career, her team advanced to three NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances and earned PSAC East titles in 2000 and 2002. In 2009 she was named to the Millersville All-75th team that commemorated the greatest players in school history.

Of note, Smith was also a NCAA D-II track and field All-American in the javelin in 2000.

Smith graduated from Millersville in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication and an athletic coaching minor. She earned a master’s of education in sports management and administration in 2004.

Smith is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and participated in the 2009 NCAA Leadership Academy, the 2009 NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy and the 2015 Center for Coaching Excellence. She has also served on the Division II Regional Advisory Committee since 2014.

Smith is married and resides in Lock Haven.

Assistant Coach
Zach Smith

The 2015-16 season marks Zack Smith’s sixth as the head assistant coach with the LHU women’s basketball program.

For the previous five seasons, Smith has been with head coach Jennifer Smith for every step of the journey, which has landed LHU women’s basketball back on the grid for PSAC women’s hoops.

Smith was instrumental in leading the Bald Eagles on a remarkable run last season.

Smith helped guide LHU on a sensational run during the 2014-15 season. Lock Haven made its first PSAC playoff appearance in 24 years and finished the season with an overall record of 11-16 and The Haven was 10-12 in conference play. The team also was clutch down the stretch as the Bald Eagles won four of their last five games to finish tied for fourth in the PSAC Eastern Division.

Smith plays a key role in all aspects of the program, and in 2013-14, he helped lead Marrysa Moyer to All-PSAC honors. Moyer was named to the Second Team after leading the Bald Eagles all year and proving to be one of the best all-around players in the conference. She finished the season with 14.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds a game, which ranked her 11th and seventh, respectively in the PSAC.

In all, Smith has helped two players to All-PSAC honors.

Zack Smith, 2008 graduate of Penn State is a noted recruiter.

A native of Hillsborough, New Jersey, Smith spent the 2009-10 season as a volunteer assistant coach with The Haven.

While at Penn State, Coach Smith served as a manager with the men’s basketball team from 2004-2008. In those seasons, Smith assisted with the training of Division I players including two All-Big Ten selections and the All-Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He also developed off-season workouts, attended daily practices and assisted with various event operations.

In addition to the time he spent with the Nittany Lions, Zack Smith has also worked as a Coach for numerous camps and clinics across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Beyond coaching, his responsibilities with these camps included booking of players and locations, attaining local business sponsors, organizing skill development and activities for the camp, and digitally recording and editing film.

Prior to Penn State, Smith attended Hillsborough High School in New Jersey where he was an All-Area basketball player. Upon graduation, Smith became the director of multiple recreation basketball leagues in Hillsborough from 2004-09.