Does Simeon Head Basketball Coach Robert Smith Deserve A College Coaching Job?
One of the most debatable things in sports is if a coach can have great success at one level, could he do it at a higher level? For the past 8 years, Head Coach Robert Smith of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago has put his name into that discussion. In the past 7 seasons, all Smith has done is won 4 IHSA state championships with Simeon. This season, the Wolverines are going for #5. No coach in IHSA history has won 5 state titles. Smith has not only put Simeon on the state map, but on the national map as well. This season Simeon came in ranked the #1 high school team in the nation. During his 8 year career at Simeon, Smith has coach some talented players, highlighted by NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the current #1 high school recruit in the country, Jabari Parker, who is only a junior. My opinion is that Smith could coach at the next level, but if he dreams of being a head coach at a big time college program one day, that may have to wait. If he were to purse that, I think he should start from that bottom and perhaps look at a D II head coaching job or as an assistant at a Division I program.