Head Men's Basketball Coach
Matthew "Mike" Smith
Matthew Smith enters his second season as the head coach at Lawson State Community College. Coach Smith earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his post-graduate degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS. He played professionally in European, Asian, American, Japanese, Austria and Turkish Basketball Leagues. His coaching experience includes: University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Kennesaw State University, Jacksonville State University, Mississippi Valley State, Centenary College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Pearl River Community College, and Brebeuf High School.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Deddric Tarver, a product of the Birmingham City School System. He graduated from Woodlawn High School. He played basketball at Brewer State Community College and Miles College. Coach Tarver received great honors as a high school player and coach. He was awarded the Billy Bandcoft Award in 1989 and the Birmingham Times Player of the Year in 1989. He was inducted in the Miles College Sports Hall of Fame 2012. Coach Tarver has been around Birmingham and Montgomery City School basketball for the last 8 years. He has coached at Woodlawn and Wenonah High Schools for 7 years. He has been an assistant coach at Lawson State Community College for 5 years.
Volunteer Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Michael McCombs joined our coaching team this year. He has been serving the past 6 years with the Hoover City Schools. He played basketball at Homewood High School and then went on to play at Middle Tennessee State University. He owns his own business, Promo I.D. a t- shirt and promotional products company. He is married to Jennifer and they have 3 children, Chase, Noah, and grace.