North Carolina Athlete, Coach Charlotte Smith Writes Book

A well-known North Carolina athlete and now head women’s basketball coach has written a book that could be of interest to coaches at NCHSAA member schools.

Charlotte D. Smith, currently the women’ head basketball coach at Elon University, has written a sports devotional. Smith is the former All-American and two-time All-ACC player who made the game-winning shot in the 1994 NCAA championship that gave North Carolina its first and only women’s basketball title.

The book is entitled When Coaches Pray—A Guide for Every Minute of the Game of Life.

Smith, who won an ESPN ESPY for Best Female College Basketball Player in 1995, also starred in the ABL and WNBA for 10 years and was an assistant coach at North Carolina for nine seasons before taking the position at Elon.

She is a native of shelby and a graduate of Shelby High School, where she was her team’s Most Valuable Player all four years she played.

”I love to do Bible study on the road with my team,” says Smith. “I just started accumulating a lot of writings, and just in my career as a coach, I really started to see the need for coaches to be empowered and coaches to be reminded of why we coach.” 

Smith, who knows the struggles of players, coaches and people in general, shares stories on and off the court in a devotional format that will help coaches grow in their faith and also give coaches material to share with their team to help them grow, as well.

The book is currently available on The foreword was written by former N.C. State star and NBA standout David Thompson.