The San Diego men’s basketball program now has a head coaching vacancy.
Following an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, Lamont Smith has announced that he will be resigning from his job with the team.
Smith will not be charged following his arrest as “a result of the evidence obtained from the investigation,” according to Alex Bastian of the San Francisco DA’s office, but he was placed on administrative leave for the remainder of the season.
“We appreciate Coach Smith’s contributions to Torero Athletics and to the men’s basketball program since he joined us three years ago,” the school said in a press release, via USA TODAY Sports. “Coach Smith elevated the level of competitiveness of our program, recruited an outstanding group of student-athletes and established a strong foundation for future success.
“This situation has been difficult for all concerned and our prayers continue to remain with everyone.”
Sam Scholl served as the acting head coach following Smith’s suspension.
Smith, who played his college basketball at the University of San Diego, was in his third season as Toreros head coach.
The team finished with a record of 18-13, fourth in the West Coast Conference, for their first winning season under the 42-year-old head coach’s direction.