Kyle Smith leaves Washington State for Stanford Men’s Basketball head coaching job: ESPN sources


PALO ALTO, Calif. — Washington State’s Kyle Smith has accepted the head-coaching job at Stanford, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Smith, the 2024 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, just engineered one of the best seasons in program history, leading the Cougars to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008.

The Cougars finished 25-10 overall and 14-6 in the Pac-12, just one game behind Arizona. After they beat the Wildcats in Tucson on Feb. 22, Washington State was alone atop the Pac-12 standings for the first time since Dec. 21, 1986. It culminated in a 7-seed on Selection Sunday and a first-round win over Drake on Thursday, the program’s fifth NCAA tournament victory since 1942.

Washington State’s season ended Saturday with a 67-56 loss to Iowa State.

Smith was at Washington State for five seasons, finishing above .500 in the Pac-12 in each of his last three seasons.

Prior to taking over the Cougars, Smith spent three seasons as the coach at San Francisco — winning at least 20 games all three seasons — and six seasons as the coach at Columbia. While with the Lions, he led the program to their first 20-win campaign since 1969-70 and set a program record with 25 wins in 2015-16. They also won the 2016 postseason tournament by beating UC Irvine in the title game.

Smith began his coaching career as an assistant at San Diego and was also on staffs at Air Force and Saint Mary’s.

At Stanford, he will replace Jerod Haase, who was fired earlier this month after eight seasons. The Cardinal failed to reach the NCAA tournament during Haase’s tenure.

Smith will lead Stanford into the ACC, with the Cardinal joining the league this summer alongside Cal and SMU.

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