Smith Named Semifinalist for Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Award

April 9th, 2019

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Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Award – #JrNBACOYDET

The Detroit Pistons nominee for the annual Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Award has been selected as one of eight national semifinalists for the honor.

Coach Marcel Smith, a Detroit-based young professional and multi-faceted entrepreneur, accepted his nomination at the Pistons Academy Awards in March. A native of Detroit, Marcel completed his master’s in business at Houston Baptist University, where he played basketball and later held a position as Director of Basketball Operations for the men’s basketball program. Marcel’s speed on the court led to success on the scoreboard during his playing days, but it is his intellectual swiftness, natural leadership ability, and propensity for people that allows him to achieve in the other facets of his life and work. Marcel is the published author of The Balance: A Guide for Student-Athletes and demonstrates the importance of balancing all aspects of life in all that he does including managing The Family Basketball Organization, mentoring youth through the Detroit Stars/Cares Program, and training schools and organizations with Essential Colors.

Fans may vote for Coach Smith on Twitter using the hashtag #JrNBACOYDET

ABOUT THE CONTEST: From the grassroots level to the professional level, the positive impact that a coach can have on an athlete is undeniable. A coach’s role extends further than wins and losses; it’s about teaching life lessons and developing young people into healthy, confident and respectful adults through the medium of sport.

Each participating NBA and WNBA team nominates a local coach, who is automatically entered into the national Coach of the Year selection process. The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance will conduct a screening process to narrow the pool of nominees to eight (8) national semifinalists. From the round of eight, an executive panel of judges, along with a fan vote via social media, will determine the top three finalists and national Jr. NBA Coach of the Year winner.

The top three finalists will each be awarded with a financial grant to support their local youth basketball organizations and a free Positive Coaching Alliance training. The finalists will also receive a trip to Chicago where the Coach of the Year winner will be announced and honored on a national stage at the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference on May 17, 2019.

JrNBA_COY_semifinalist_DET (1)HOW TO VOTE: A social media vote will be used to help determine the winner of the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Award! Fans may use the hashtag #JrNBACOYDET on Twitter to vote for Coach Marcel Smith.

Voting Rules:

  • Voting is open from April 8 – April 17, 2019 on Twitter only
  • Tweet specific coach hashtag to count as one vote
  • Votes count twice on April 8 and April 17
  • Retweets count as votes
  • There is no limit on the amount of times users can vote per day

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