Jim Smoot Volleyball Camps
Head Coach Jim Smoot
During Jim Smoot's first two seasons at the helm of the Southeastern Louisiana volleyball program the Lady Lions have established much needed consistency, winning double-digit matches for the three straight years and returning to the Southland Conference Tournament this last season.
The Lady Lions finished the 2014 season with an 8-8 Southland mark, the program's most conference victories in a dozen seasons.
Mikayla Shippy and Morgan Todd, who both continue to make their marks on Southeastern's record book, earned conference honors in 2014. Todd was named All-Southland (second team) and Shippy was named to the Southland's All-Academic squad.
A balanced offensive attack, aided by four different players with at least two kills per set, and a stingy defense paced Southeastern to a pair of four match win streaks in 2013, including a sweep of the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic.
A former head coach at Ohio State, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount and South Alabama, Smoot has made two trips to the Men's NCAA Division I Final Four and one trip to the Women's NAIA Final Four.
After 14 seasons as the women's head coach at Westmont College, an NAIA school in Santa Barbara, Calif., Smoot spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant for legendary coach John Blair at Tennessee Tech.
At Westmont, Smoot took his team to the NAIA national tournament four times. Included in those four appearances is a 1999 trip to the Final Four.
Smoot's coaching experience prior to Westmont includes three years as the women's head coach at South Alabama (1994-96) where he earned the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1995. He has also served as an assistant with the women's programs at LSU and Michigan.
On the men's side, Smoot served as head coach at Loyola Marymount (1980-81), Ohio State and El Camino Junior College (1982-84), as well as a stint as co-head coach at Hawaii (1985). In 1982 and 1983 his Ohio State teams advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
The native of Torrance, Calif., has also coached in the Women's Professional Volleyball League and a men's club team in Saudi Arabia. He was head coach for the men's East Team in the 1982 National Sports Festival and an assistant for the men's squad at the 1983 World University Games.
Smoot began his collegiate playing career at El Camino Junior College, then played two years at Pepperdine where he was named the Most Valuable Player in 1973 and earned a bachelor's degree in Physcial Education. He resides in Covington, La.