Aug. 14, 1998
Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller announced this week the naming of Karl Smesko as an assistant coach for the 1998-99 season. The 1997-98 NAIA Division II National Coach of the Year, Smesko joins Christy Winters and Jeanette Armentano as Terrapin assistant coaches.
Smesko, 27, comes to Maryland after an impressive season in 1997-98 while guiding Walsh University to an NAIA Division II national championship and school record 29-5 finish.
Located in North Canton, Ohio, Walsh was projected to finish 6th of 9 in the Mid-Ohio Conference in Smesko's first season as head coach one year removed from a position as graduate assistant but qualified for its first national tournament and captured the first national title of any sport in school history.
Just look at his credentials, says Weller. He was the NAIA Coach of the Year and coached Walsh to a national championship. Need I say more? We are very pleased to have some that has proven their ability to achieve success.
An Ohio native and a 1993 graduate of Kent State University, Smesko coached boy's basketball at Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio before pursuing his master's degree in education at Walsh. He coached at all levels of the Revere program for seven years before arriving at Walsh as a graduate assistant for the 1996-97 campaign.