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Smith came to Ruston after one year as a graduate assistant at Tennessee where she assisted in a variety of areas within the program, including on-campus recruiting.
"Amber is a wonderful asset to have on our staff," Summitt said. "She is an absolute competitor in everything that she does and will definitely take that to her main role of recruiting. Having played point guard, Amber knows the leadership, passion and commitment it takes to succeed at the highest level."
In addition to her main role of recruiting, Smith also helps with on-court coaching, skill development and scouting.
During her first year in Ruston, Smith was an integral part in helping Louisiana Tech sign a stellar recruiting class, a group that will be the foundation for the next four years for the Lady Techster program. The class included players from Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Kentucky.
A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Smith was one of 50 participants chosen to attend the 11th-annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. The three-day workshop was held April of 2013 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans.
She was also just one of 12 recipients of the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship, sponsored by the NCAA. The scholarship enabled her to attend "A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014," a professional development symposium for aspiring young basketball assistant coaches.
Smith played point guard collegiately at the University of Kentucky (2008-12) where she was a member of one of the most successful senior classes in UK hoops history. Despite undergoing knee surgeries on both knees, she concluded her career having played in 123 games while making 109 starts.
She averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 assists per game during her time in Lexington and helped UK advance to four consecutive postseason tournaments, including three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eights.
Smith, the recipient of the Steve & Kaye Maynard Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant Scholarship, ranks No. 6 on UK's all-time list for games played (123) and assists (425), and she is No. 8 in assists per game (3.5). The 2008 SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll member graduated with a bachelor of art degree in integrated strategic communications in May of 2011.