John David Smelser
Graduate Assistant Coach
Women's Basketball Coaches
EMAIL: smelserj@goldmail.etsu.edu
John David Smelser

John David Smelser joined the ETSU women’s basketball coaching staff in summer 2014 as a graduate assistant coach and is in charge of a variety of tasks including video and film exchange. Smelser came to Johnson City after serving as assistant coach of the girls and boys basketball teams at Tuscaloosa Academy -- in Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- from 2012-14 under head coach William Johnson. Under Smelser’s tutelage, the boys team won the Alabama Class 3A State Championship in 2014 with a 25-4 overall record. Previously, the girls team reached the state quarterfinals in 2013 with a 16-9 record. Smelser was also a key member of the coaching staff for a pair of state championship-winning baseball teams at both Tuscaloosa Academy and on the summer ball circuit.

As a student-athlete, the Alabama native played at the University of Alabama as an outfielder in 2010 before suffering a career-ending injury. Prior to UA, Smelser played at Shelton State Community College in 2009 and at Jacksonville State University in 2008.

In high school, the two-sport athlete was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa under head coach Scott Suttles. On the hardwood, Smelser was team captain and led his squad to consecutive 6A Area Championships in 2006 and 2007. Throughout his prep career, Smelser averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 steals and knocked down free throws at an 86 percent clip.

Smelser earned a degree in exercise sport science from Alabama in 2011 and also received physical education certification from UA in 2014. The graduate assistant coach is currently working towards a Master of Arts degree in Sport Management at ETSU.

Women's Basketball Coaches
Brittney Ezell
Head Coach
Nikki Davis
Assistant Coach
Brittany Burkhardt
Assistant Coach
Laura Barry
Assistant Coach
Nicci Kelly
Graduate Assistant Coach
John David Smelser
Graduate Assistant Coach
MGOLF Puerto Rico Classic San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 23 Results
WBB ETSU 46 Final
Feb 23 Samford University 69
MGOLF Puerto Rico Classic San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 24 T11 of 15
MBB ETSU 73 F
Feb 26 Citadel 74
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Feb 27 Results
MTEN Tennessee Tech 0 Bristol, Tenn.
Feb 27 ETSU 7
WTEN ETSU 6 Akron, Ohio
Feb 28 Akron 1
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Feb 28 3 of 9
BB Butler 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Feb 28 ETSU 4
WBB ETSU 42 Final
Feb 28 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 64
SB ETSU 10 5
Feb 28 Morehead St. 1
SB ETSU 5 Savannah, Ga.
Feb 28 UMBC 7
MBB ETSU 64 F
Feb 28 Mercer 69
BB Butler 9 Johnson City, Tenn.
Feb 28 ETSU 3
BB Butler 6 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 1 ETSU 12
BB Radford 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 3 ETSU 9
WTEN ETSU 3 Rock Hill, S.C.
Mar 4 Winthrop 4
BB ETSU 6 Asheville, N.C.
Mar 4 UNC-Asheville 8