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Get to know Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball coach Shaka Smart

How many more nets can head coach Shaka Smart and the Marquette Golden Eagles cut down this season? After winning both the Big East regular season and tournament titles, Smart's team begins its NCAA Tournament journey Friday against Vermont.

Here's a few things you should know about Marquette basketball's leader:

How many years has Shaka Smart coached at Marquette?

This is Smart's second season at Marquette. Last season, Marquette finished 19-13 in his first season, losing to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Marquette head coach Shaka Smart takes a moment as his team celebrates after their win over St. John's March 4 at Fiserv Forum in Smart led Marquette to Big East regular season and tournament championships.
Marquette head coach Shaka Smart takes a moment as his team celebrates after their win over St. John's March 4 at Fiserv Forum in Smart led Marquette to Big East regular season and tournament championships.

What’s his record at Marquette?

After a 28-6 mark this season Smart's record is 47-19.

Has Shaka Smart coached other teams?

Yes. He coached at Virginia Commonwealth from 2009-'15 and at Texas from 2015-'21.

When did Shaka Smart lead VCU to the Final Four?

2011

What was Shaka Smart's record at VCU?

163-56

What was Shaka Smart’s record at Texas?

109-86

What is Shaka Smart's NCAA Tournament record?

Despite his Final Four run at VCU, Smart is 0-1 at Marquette and 7-9 overall in the Big Dance. Since 2012, Smart is 2-8 in the tournament.

How much money does Shaka Smart make?

Marquette does not have to make salaries public, but according to a 2022 Briefly salary article, Smart makes $3 million a year.

Isn't Smart from Wisconsin?

Yes, He was born in Madison and grew up in Fitchburg and attended Oregon High School.

How old is Shaka Smart?

He is 45 years old.

Where did Shaka Smart go to college?

Division III Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he remains the school's career assists leader (542).

He graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon with a degree in history, researching and writing on issues related to race and the Great Migration. Smart received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and earned a master's degree in social science at California University of Pennsylvania.

Marquette head coach Shaka Smart and his daughter Zora watch as the seedings are announced during the Golden Eagles' NCAA Tournament selection show party Sunday at MECCA Sports Bar and Grill in Milwaukee.
Marquette head coach Shaka Smart and his daughter Zora watch as the seedings are announced during the Golden Eagles' NCAA Tournament selection show party Sunday at MECCA Sports Bar and Grill in Milwaukee.

Who's Shaka Smart's family?

Smart and his wife, Maya, have one daughter, Zora.

Who are Shaka Smart's parents?

Monica King and Winston Smart.

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