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Coach Smelkinson

Head Coach
Mike Smelkinson
Phone: 443-518-4990, ext. 6817
Email: msmelkinson@howardcc.edu

Coach Mike Smelkinson enters his 3rd season at the helm of the Dragons Men's Basketball team after the 
most successful season in 20 years.  In his second campaign, he led the Dragons to a Region XX Championship
and a berth into the NJCAA D2 National Championship tournament in Danville, Illinois for the first time in school
history.

Smelkinson took over a team that won 6 games in 2010-2011 and led them to 13 wins in his first season as 
head coach, doubling the win total from the previous year.  In Smelkinson's two years as head coach he has
changed the culture of the basketball program and has developed the team into a consistent contender in  
Region XX. 

Prior to his arrival at HCC, Smelkinson served as head coach at Marriotts Ridge High School for one season.
Smelkinson has a track record for turning around programs.  In the 2009-2010 season he guided a previously
winless team from the year before into 8 wins in his one year as head coach.
From 2008-2010 Smelkinson spent
two seasons as an assistant coach for St. Mary's College of Maryland. During this time he helped lead the Sea-
hawks to consecutive CAC championships, a combined record of 47-9, and helped build their program into a
perennial Division 3 powerhouse. 

Smelkinson graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2008, after transferring from California University of
Pennsylvania after two seasons.  In his senior season as team captain, he led the Seahawks to a 2008 CAC 
championship and into the NCAA D3 "Sweet 16" for the first time in school history. 

Smelkinson was a standout point guard at Long Reach High School.  His honors include being a 3-time first team all
conference performer and 2004 Howard County Player of the Year.

Smelkinson works during the day as a special education teacher at Marriotts Ridge High School and currently resides
in Baltimore, MD.  

   Year Record               Honors
2011-2012  13-14          Region XX appearance
2012-2013  18-15          Region XX championship, National appearance


Assistant Coaches

  • James Poole
  • David Evans
  • Tyquan Alexander
  • William Thomas

Managers:  Brandon Spain, Alie Kondeh
Athletic Trainer: Tim Happel