Charmin Smith promoted to associate head coach

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Charmin Smith was named associate head coach of the Cal women’s basketball team on Monday, according to an announcement from head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

Smith has been an assistant coach with the Bears since 2007. During that time she has seen the team through three NCAA tournament appearances, including this past season’s second-round exit against Notre Dame.

Prior to her coaching career at Cal, Smith was a standout at Stanford and spent time in the WNBA and overseas.

“I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing team, privileged to work with a talented group of student-athletes, and thankful to Lindsay for giving me the opportunity to play a valuable role in this program,” Smith said. “Every player, coach, staff member, and administrator brings something special, on and off the court, and I look forward to being a part of the continued success of Cal basketball.”

The team recently added another coach to its roster: in May Katy Steding joined the Bears’ coaching staff after serving as the assistant head coach at USF.

“We could not be more excited about the direction of the program going forward,” Gottlieb said after the announcement of Smith’s promotion.