*UPDATE!* - Campus Visit Day and Open Tryout Schedule:
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 11:00AM - 3:00PM
10:45-11:00 - Meet and Greet, Refreshments
11:00 - Men's Basketball Staff Welcome
Head Coach - T.K. Smith Assistant Coach - Mike Pouncy
11:10 - President's Welcome
President Oren Paris III
11:20 - Departmental Presentations
Admissions, Academics, Financial Aid, Work Learning, Student Life, Athletics
12:15 - Lunch
Provided by Men's Basketball Staff
12:45 - Campus Tours
Led by Returning EC Royal Basketball Players and Men's Basketball Staff
1:15 - Departmental Presentations (as needed)
1:30 - Questions, Meetings, Discussions with various Departments
2:15 - Open Tryout/Evaluation
We will be using the Har-Ber High School Gym located at:
300 Jones Rd. Springdale, AR 72762
* The gym is located less than a mile from campus
Please contact Head Men's Basketball Coach T.K. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Coach Mike Pouncy at email@example.com with any questions or to let them know you will be attending.
Campus Visit Day and Open Tryout - May 11th, 2013 10am-12pm (information session)
1pm-2pm (Open Tryout at Har-Ber HS)
The EC Royals Men's Basketball team will be hosting a Campus Visit Day for interested potential student-athletes on May 11th, 2013. The campus visit will go from about 10am to 12pm and will offer presentations from staff members within academics, admissions, work learning, and financial aid, along with Head Coach T.K. Smith and Athletic Director Coach Dean Skinner. The information session will be followed by an Open Tryout at Har-Ber High School where the staff will have a chance to evaluate potential signees.
A tryout release form must be signed by you and your parents before you will be able to participate (students age 18 or older will be able to sign for themselves). All interested participants are encouraged to contact Coach Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform him of your interest and get a copy of the release form.
Ecclesia College is pleased to announce the hiring of T.K. Smith as Head Coach
Head Coach, Men’s Basketball – T.K. Smith
T.K. Smith enters his first season as Head Coach at Ecclesia College in 2013. At age 24, Smith will begin the 2013-2014 season as the youngest head coach in college basketball (NCAA: 25 years, others unreported). Smith comes to Ecclesia College after serving as Director of Basketball Operations at University of Central Arkansas for the 2012-2013 season. Smith is no stranger to Ecclesia College though. Having served as Assistant Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for the 2011-2012 season, Ecclesia College is well aware of the hard work, enthusiasm, and leadership capabilities Smith has to offer not just to the basketball program, but to the college as a whole.
“I am extremely appreciative to Ecclesia College President, Oren Paris and Athletic Director, Dean Skinner for the opportunity to lead the Men’s Basketball program. This position is a dream come true because it is an opportunity to be part of something much bigger than myself, and much bigger than a game…the game eventually comes to an end for all of us, but we have our Faith for eternity.”
Smith comes to Ecclesia College after serving as the Director of Basketball Operations at his alma mater, University of Central Arkansas (NCAA Division 1) for the 2012-2013 season. While at Central Arkansas, Smith worked under former University of Arkansas basketball star, and member of the 1994 NCAA Championship team, Corliss Williamson. While Smith was on staff, Central Arkansas had their most Division 1 wins since joining the Southland Conference, made their first trip to the Southland Conference Tournament, and produced two All-Conference selections and one Honorable Mention selection.
Smith also played collegiately under Williamson while at University of Central Arkansas. He began his career as a recruited walk-on before earning a scholarship during his sophomore season. Smith received his BS in Health and Behavioral Sciences from University of Central Arkansas in 2011 and will complete his MBA at University of Central Arkansas in 2013.
University of Central Arkansas’ Coach Corliss Williamson on Smith being hired:
"I am very excited that Coach Smith will have this opportunity to lead Ecclesia's men's basketball program. He is very knowledgeable of the game. He is a competitor. With his organizational skills and attention to detail, the Royals will be in good hands. I trust that he will be very successful. "