Not long after she was named one of the 100 most influential in her sport, California Golden Bears women’s basketball head coach Charmin Smith has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors. She was appointed as the NCAA Division I West Region Director.
She was also named the Social Justice Task Force Co-Chair.
“I am honored to serve in this capacity,” Smith said in a statement. “I believe wholeheartedly in the racial justice movement sweeping our nation. Collegiate sports is a great place to pilot transformational change. This is a phenomenal group of people that is committed to finding ways to improve our sport generally and more specifically for the black coaches, staff and players that the WBCA serves.”
The WBCA also announced that they have joined the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Committee on Racial Reconciliation in supporting the West Coast Conference’s Russell Rule. The newly formed Social Justice Task Force will be headed by Smith and Big East Associate Commissioner, Tracy Ellis-Ward.
The WBCA Board of Directors develops policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the association. It also monitors the organization’s financial health, programs and overall performance, and ensures the association has the resources necessary to meet the needs of its membership.
Smith had spent the previous two years as the Assistant Coach Director but now has been placed on the board. She is one of just 22 members across the nation and one of just four regional directors.
Congratulations, Coach Smith!