Aaron Smith comes to Panola after spending 4 years at Jacksonville College where he led the Jaguars to back to back Region XIV South Zone Championships in 2018 and 2019. These Zone Championships were the first at Jacksonville since the 1988-89 Season. His teams have been known as some of the hardest teams to guard in Region XIV and they have averaged 93 Points Per Game during his tenure. 3 out of 4 of Smith’s seasons have produced 20 or more wins and he has coached 6 members of the All Region 1st or 2nd Team and 1 Honorable Mention All-American in Christian Barrett. In addition, each of the past two seasons he has earned Coach of the Year from texasjucobasketball.com.
Prior to his head coaching tenure at Jacksonville, Smith served briefly as an assistant coach. Before joining Jacksonville College, Aaron in total spent 5 years in the AAU Summer Basketball ranks. He started the FV 5:17 program which he grew into one of the premiere summer programs in the ultra competitive Dallas summer basketball circuit. While leading FV 5:17 he sent numerous players on to the Division 1 level and another player who is currently playing professionally in China.
Aaron is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University (2008) where he was a standout scorer who had the privilege of earning Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Week his senior season. His playing career continued as he was the 4th Overall Pick in the 2008 CBA Draft and won the CBA Championship in 2009 as a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry coached by 4-Time NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. Smith also spent time playing in France and Bulgaria.
He earned his Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017.
Aaron and his wife Keri have been married since June 2016 and they have a 20 year old son: Cameron Carson, and a 2 year old daughter named Nicole