Dave Smart says taking a season off from the Carleton Ravens ties into affirming he's staying in the nation's capital, and in Canadian university basketball.
Each spring, after the Ravens finish capturing another Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball banner, speculation begins anew that it's just a matter of when a higher-profile hoops operation will snap up Smart. On Friday, after Hoopstars Canada broke the news that Smart will take a sabbatical from coaching the CIS juggernaut this season, with long-time assistant coach (and nephew) Rob Smart Jr. taking over, Smart explained the choice is about augmenting his roots at Carleton.
Along with coaching the Ravens, who have a longer season than a NCAA Division I program under the more liberal CIS rules, Smart is also Jay Triano's assistant coach with Canada's men's national team, which plays a FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier next month. He and his spouse Emily also have a young family with children Theo, 6, and Gabriel, 3.
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