SVSU seeking a new head men’s basketball coach

Posted: April 17, 2012 by Jared Field in College

Saginaw Valley State University head men’s basketball coach Frankie Smith resigned on Monday and the job is already posted. That’s quite an impressive $5,000 salary range. Who wants it?


To develop, promote and supervise all facets of the University’s Men’s Basketball program.


  • Ensure that all relevant institutional, conference and NCAA rules and regulations are followed, including: player eligibility, recruiting efforts, financial aid, practice schedules, etc.
  • Promote a positive academic environment and encourage all athletes to strive for academic excellence.
  • Prepare and execute practice and game plans, strategies and alternatives which are designed to bring success to the program.
  • Provide moral support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of student athletes.
  • Establish and maintain community contacts which enhance the program.
  • Assist with the purchase, maintenance and inventory of uniforms and equipment.
  • Direct and manage the recruiting efforts of the program within the financial limits of Athletic Assistance Grants.
  • Provide supervision of program staff, including hiring, training, performance review and staff meetings.
  • Promote in a positive manner the enhancement and growth of summer camps through recruitment, promotions, supervision and operation.
  • Serve on committees which promote or pertain to the basketball program or student athletes.
  • Prepare and manage the program operating budget.
  • Work with the Strength & Conditioning Coach in designing the strength and conditioning program you want implemented for your team.
  • Establish and maintain a positive relationship with media.
  • Maintain appropriate communications with student athletes and parents.
  • Assist in the planning of banquets, fund raising efforts and other activities which promote the program.
  • Manage travel arrangements for the team.

Minimum Qualifications:MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor degree.
  • Five years of collegiate basketball coaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to project a positive and professional image in pressure situations.
  • Ability to provide leadership to student athletes and staff.
  • Physical and mental ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations.

Additional Information: Salary range $75,000 – $80,000 to commensurate experience

  1. JucoJunkie says:

    Is Coach Schmidt interested in this job?

  2. Blizzy_R says:

    I feel as though motts team would consistently beat SVSU so why downgrade

  3. hoopsguru says:

    If his alma matter CMU keeps passing on him, I ‘d have to suspect that if he truly has D1 aspirations that he may need to garner some DIII or DII head coaching experience first. This is no knock on him at all and by no means am I saying he needs the experience as he is definitely a great coach. But man if his alma matter will not give him a D1 shot straight from JUCO, I’m starting to wonder wo else will.

  4. GLIACboy says:

    Jared that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Mott C C wouldn’t beat SVSU on a good day. You are comparing apples and oranges. They actually play defense in the GLIAC, unlike the community college leagues.. And, lastly Schmidt wouldn’t have a chance at this job. They want someone that actually coaches college basketball, not an open gym manager. I have been to Mott games, and they are entertaining, but it’s bad basketball.

    • Jared Field says:

      Actually I’d be comparing apples to lemons. SVSU’s program has been a joke for a long time — one winning season in a decade (16 wins). The program is the very definition of mediocre.

    • Jared Field says:

      Also, I didn’t write anything about Mott beating anyone. That was another poster. I will say that your assessment of the GLIAC is a little bit grandiose. One of Mott’s least successful teams in the past decade only won about 26 games. They had two players go to the GLIAC one starter and one reserve player (Bobby Lewis and Andrew Charlesworth). Both players averaged more points in the GLIAC than they did at Mott. That sort of calls into question your assertion that no one plays defense.

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