Mike White profiles Kiski Area graduate Nevada Smith, who is the head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.
"Only four seasons ago, Nevada Smith was coaching basketball at an NCAA Division III college. Now he has taken another step to possibly coaching in the NBA.
Smith is the new head coach of the Miami Heat's team in the D-League, the minor league for the NBA. Smith will take over the Sioux Falls Skyforce in South Dakota.
Sioux Falls is a long way from Vandergrift, Pa., where Smith played at Kiski Area High School. But the Skyforce might put Smith closer to the NBA.
This is another chapter in an interesting coaching ride that has quickly taken Smith from a small-college coach to the doorstep of the NBA. Four current NBA head coaches are former D-League head coaches — Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers), Earl Watson (Phoenix Suns), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Dave Joerger (Sacramento Kings). Other former D-League head coaches are NBA assistants."