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UK Hoops brings back Amber Smith

Word leaked out about this earlier this morning, but now it’s official. Former UK Hoops point guard Amber Smith is returning to the program to join the support staff. Matthew Mitchell announced the hiring in a press release this morning.

“It is always great when former players want to come back and be part of your program after their playing days are over,” Mitchell said. “I am lucky enough to have two former players still in our office in Amani Franklin and now Amber. Amber is full of energy and has a way of connecting with people that I know is going to impact our office in a very positive way. She is one of those people that you always want to be around and makes your day better when you get to interact with her. I am very excited to have her onboard and know that our players and staff are going to love having her around.”

Smith has been an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech for the past two years, before which she was a graduate assistant at Tennessee. She played at Kentucky from 2008 to 2012, helping UK Hoops advance to two Elite Eights. During her playing career, she averaged 7 points and 3.4 assists per game.

“It is an honor to be back at my alma mater, a place where I had five of the most memorable years of my life as a student-athlete,” Smith said. “To be a part of history as a player and now to be able to return on staff is a blessing that most do not receive. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with Coach Mitchell, Coach Elzy and the rest of the staff. They both have had an integral part in my growth as a player and as a person. I am looking forward to helping create more history and also giving back to a program that has given so much to me.”

Welcome back, Amber.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for UK Hoops brings back Amber Smith



  1. leetome
    12:11 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    Hummmm… So she comes from being an assistant for Tyler Summit at La Tech and we all know what went on there:/. Guess she can keep whatever is going on with UK Hoops on the DL?



    • loburn
      2:06 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe just maybe we need to focus on getting the program refocused! What has happened is not as important as what will happen! Mitchell said he was complacent! Now let’s see if he can change himself! But we need to support the players!!!



  2. symphonist41169
    1:21 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    She could pass as Isaiah Briscoe’s sister.



  3. loburn
    1:57 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    Ok, the way I see it… We have gained a very POSITIVE young lady to the support staff. She is very energetic and people here in the BNN HOOPS arena loved her as a player! With her back as a support staff, let’s go for RISING UP with a positive vibe! Let’s drop this negative campaign that may be assisting in driving away great future players! Welcome back Amber!!



  4. leetome
    5:51 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    I liked Amber as a player, but considering she was on the bench the last two years with Tyler Summit and considering other players’ parents were pretty upset about his favoritism toward his paramour and he was violating university policy, I can’t see it being positive hiring for UK Hoops someone who was on the front row for those infractions. You guys sound like coach Mitchell form the Jeff House interview …. “Just be positive” ..rolling my eyes now. How did Amber’s positivity and energy help the players on the La Tech team or did she really just go along with what her coach wanted without questioning him and relationship with the player? Hard to see how this is positive unless you want staff that know how to keep quiet. It seems obvious MM still doesn’t understand how his program looks to the outside as he continues to insulate himself with former assistants and players. #UKHOOPSWHISPERS