John David Smelser
Graduate Assistant Coach
2014-15 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.

2014-15 Women's Basketball
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
MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
MBB ETSU 76 F
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU