Sonny Smith

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Sonny Smith (born November 15, 1936 in Roan Mountain, Tennessee) is a retired men's college basketball head coach. Smith served as a head coach for twenty-two seasons. He is credited with turning around losing programs at East Tennessee State University, Auburn University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Smith is best remembered for his coaching years at Auburn University, where he was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. In 1985, he coached the Auburn Tigers to their first SEC Tournament Championship in school history. On June 3, 2007, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

After retiring from coaching, Smith joined his friend and former University of Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson on a sports talk radio show "The Sonny and Wimp Show" on WJOX-AM in Birmingham.

Preceded by:
Bob Davis
Auburn University Head Men's Basketball Coach
Succeeded by:
Tommy Joe Eagles


  • Sonny Smith. (2008, January 30). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:47, January 30, 2008.