Columbia hires Smith of Saint Mary's

Updated: May 2, 2010, 11:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Columbia says it has hired Saint Mary's assistant Kyle Smith as its men's basketball coach. He replaces Joe Jones, who left to become a Boston College assistant.

Columbia's sports information department tells The Associated Press an announcement on Smith will be made Sunday afternoon.

Smith was an associate head coach on a Saint Mary's team that reached regional semifinals of this season's NCAA tournament. The 10th-seeded Gaels of California upset Richmond and second-seeded Villanova before losing to Baylor.

Jones was 86-108 overall and 39-59 in the Ivy League in seven years at Columbia. This season, the Lions went 11-17, including 5-9 in the Ivy League. Columbia's only Ivy League basketball title was in 1967-68.


Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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