Loyola coach G.G. Smith

Loyola coach G.G. Smith (Handout photo)

It seems unlikely that Smith would do what another coaching offspring did recently, when Richard Pitino left Florida International after one season. The son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who was once Tubby Smith's boss at Kentucky, Richard Pitino made a quantum coaching leap when he was hired to replace the elder Smith at Minnesota.

Patsos wrote in a text message Saturday: "G.G. is here for the long run. Loves the area. Plus the Patriot League transition will take some time and G.G. [is the] perfect guy for that job. G.G. was an excellent assistant. Steady and loyal. Great at end of game situations. All this will help him continue our winning ways."

Lorie Smith, who works as a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville and as a pediatric nephrologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, doesn't think her husband gets too caught up in where he is professionally compared to some of his peers.

"Just in general, G.G. is very well-grounded, very humble, very down-to-earth," Lorie Smith said. "He's a very realistic and reasonable person, and a very patient person. All of those things have worked his advantage."

Smith and his family – including 2 year-old Jayna — have settled into Columbia. Lorie Smith, who has known her husband since they were undergraduates at the University of Georgia, said that they have typically put the family first in making his coaching decisions and doesn't expect that to change.

"One of the things that we have probably respected about one another is that we both do important work and we work very hard at what we do," Lorie Smith said. "We knew from the beginning that it would require sacrifices on both of our parts. Each of have sacrificed for the other at different points in our careers. It has worked out well."


G.G. Smith

Age: 36

Coaching Career: Graduate assistant, Kentucky (2000-2002); assistant coach, Tennessee Tech (2002-03); assistant coach, Armstrong Atlantic (2004-2006); assistant coach, Johns Hopkins (2006-07); assistant coach, Loyola (2007-13).

Playing Career: Three-year starter at Georgia and four-year letter winner (1995-99). Third-team all-SEC as a senior holds, holds school-record for games played (129).

Family: Wife, Lorie; daughter, Jayna