Coach Alex was born and raised in San Mateo. He grew up playing basketball and baseball while attending St. Matthew’s Episcopal through 8th grade. Alex went to Menlo High School (2005-2009), where he continued to play both sports. After achieving multiple all-league honors and winning two CCS titles at Menlo, he continued his basketball career at Claremont McKenna College (2009-2013).
At Menlo Alex was coached by current Golden State Warriors Player Development Coach and former Stanford basketball star Kris Weems. At Claremont McKenna he was coached by the highly regarded Ken Scalmanini. Alex has since coached for the Bay Area Warriors, Menlo High School and Archbishop Riordan High School. He also worked in basketball operations for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Coach Smith has trained players from the middle school level all the way up through the professional ranks.
Alex helped assist Skyline College over the last few years while coaching several bay city alumni that played for them. He is currently the lead assistant at University High School of SF under fellow Bay City coach Randy Bessolo. Alex works full time as the assistant athletic director at University High School.
“This game is a huge part of my life and it’s opened doors for me. I want to give back to the game as much as possible and help others have the same experiences I had. As a coach, I pride myself on teaching players how to play the right way. Breaking things down and encouraging players to learn ‘the game within the game’ –the fine points that create a competitive advantage. There are so many lessons learned in basketball that can be applied in other areas of life.”