BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt announced on Tuesday afternoon that volleyball associate head coach Scott Smith has been promoted to head coach replacing Blair Brown Lipsitz, who is stepping down from her current position.
"I am extremely excited to lead this program," said Smith. "I want to thank Mark Alnutt and Kathy Twist for this opportunity and believing in me to take Buffalo volleyball to the next level. I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside Blair for the past four years. I have learned a lot from her and know that I am ready for this position because of her guidance."
Smith just concluded his fourth year on Buffalo's staff and was recently promoted to Associate Head Coach earlier this year. The Bulls have had their best two seasons as a MAC program over the last two years, including a program-record 10 league victories last year. UB's lead recruiter, Smith has continued to grow into one of the most respected volleyball minds in the business.
"I want to thank Blair for building this volleyball program to levels unseen in the MAC over the last four season," said Alnutt. "I believe it takes a great staff to achieve those goals, and I am thrilled to have Scott as our new head coach. The growth and leadership I have seen from him over the last year makes me confident that he is the right fit to lead our volleyball program in the future."
A native of Herndon, VA, Smith came to Buffalo from Georgia Southern where he spent five season as recruiting coordinator.
At Georgia Southern, his primary responsibilities were recruiting, assisting with daily practices, scouting and video editing.
The Eagles won over 100 matches during Smith's five years on the coaching staff, making two of the school's four NCAA Tournament appearances and winning two regular-season Southern Conference titles.
A 2007 graduate of Appalachian State with a bachelor's degree in recreation management, Smith worked with the volleyball team as a student assistant in 2006 and 2007. In his first season, Smith worked with former GSU Head Coach Chad Callihan, assisting with daily practices. While at ASU, he was the men's club volleyball captain and president all four years and earned all-conference accolades at outside hitter three times.
While attending Herndon High School, Smith was a four-year varsity wrestling lettermen and district champion. Unable to compete in volleyball in high school because there was no boys' prep volleyball in Northern Virginia, Smith managed the varsity girls' team for three years. He played Junior Olympic volleyball for one season with Metro Virginia 18's.
"It has been an honor to be the head volleyball coach at Buffalo over the last four seasons," said Lipsitz. "At this time, I am making a decision that is in the best interest of my family. I have a great deal of confidence in Scott to lead these young women and I look forward to continuing to assist him and the program however I can."