Madison-native Shaka Smart heading to Marquette
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - It will be a homecoming of sorts for Madison-native Shaka Smart who will be leaving the University of Texas for a return to the Badger State.
Smart, who graduated from Oregon High School, was officially announced as the Marquette Golden Eagles’ new men’s basketball coach Friday evening, confirming earlier reports.
“Maya, Zora and I are absolutely thrilled to join the Marquette family,” Smart said in the release. “I am extremely excited to get to Milwaukee to begin building relationships and getting to work on the court.”
Smart has been in Austin since since 2015, racking up a 109-86 record in that time. While he led Texas to an NIT championship in the 2018-19 season, his Longhorn teams never advanced past the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in three appearances, including this year.
The 43-year-old Smart shot to coaching stardom in 2011 when he led Virginia Commonwealth on a Cinderella-run to the Final Four with his special “HAVOC” defense.
He’ll take over from former head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who led Marquette to a 115-81 record before he was fired this March.
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