Ranard Smith Athletic Director
Renard Smith was appointed the full-time head coach at Bowie State University – July 15, 2010 after serving as the Interim Coach of the BSU Lady Bulldogs for four months and has more than 20 years of experience as a Coach, Athletic Administrator and Educator. Prior to his current appointment, Smith served one season as an assistant coach at Bowie State. Before coming to the Bowie State campus, he was employed by Baltimore City Community College (2003-2010) in several capacities; Interim Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director and Health and Wellness Instructor.
In the Fall of 2005 while serving as the Interim Athletic Director, Smith was also named Head Woman’s Basketball Coach. The Dean of Student Affairs at that time (McCarrol Nole) gave Coach Smith the task of rebuilding the athletic programs for Baltimore City Community College and wanted him to start with Women’s Basketball. Rebuild, is just what Renard did in only five seasons. Coach Smith’s teams became a Maryland JUCO conference leader and he became one of the MDJUCO conference top coaches.
Renard was named the 2010 Coach of the Year for winning both the MDJUCO Conference Title and the NJCAA Region XX Championship. His team finished the season with an undefeated record of 27-0, were Nationally Ranked 16th in the country and had the #1 Nationally Ranked Defensive Team in the country the entire 2009-2010 campaign.
“Coach Nard” is what the student-athletes affectionately called him. He began his athletic career during the summer of 1988 as a Coach and Summer Athletic Program Director for Baltimore City Parks and Recreation. Renard has coached and taught in Baltimore City Public and Private Schools and has even worked in a Catholic school environment at Saint Frances Academy where he served as an assistant Coach for the Boys Varsity Basketball team. In February 2005 Saint Frances won the Baltimore Catholic League Championship. Renard has even gained professional experience by serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for the American Basketball Association (ABA) semi-professional Basketball team the Baltimore Pearls.