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Colorado State former-interim head coach joins Miles at NU

Another Colorado State assistant coach, Craig Smith, will join Nebraska.

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles announced Smith would join the staff Wednesday. After Miles left for NU, Smith was named the interim head coach before CSU hired Larry Eustachy on April 13.

Smith, who spent five years under Miles at CSU, has worked with Miles at four different schools: Mayville State, North Dakota State and CSU.

“Craig is an outstanding coach,” Miles said. “I’ve hired him four times, and there’s a reason for that. I believe in the way he conducts himself.

“I love the fact we get to partner together to build another program. It has worked well before and it will work again. We make a great team.”

Smith spent three seasons as a head coach at Mayville State University, where he took teams to three straight NAIA II national tournaments. The season before his arrival, the team won only one game. In his first season, Mayville State won 17 games and qualified for the NAIA II national tournament.

In 2005-06 at Mayville State, he set the school record for wins, also claiming conference titles in the regular season and post-season tournament. In 2007, he was named the NAIA II National Coach of the Year.

Under Miles at Colorado State, Smith shared scouting and recruiting responsibilities, while also coaching the frontcourt players and being in charge of player development.

“He’s an excellent recruiter and, schematically, he’s really a good tactician when it comes to basketball,” Miles said. “Craig will be vital to help build our program at Nebraska. He knows how I work, what I expect and how to get the job done.”

By Chris Peters

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