Coaches - Women's Basketball
Head Coach - Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith enters her first season as the interim head women's basketball coach at Palm Beach State. Smith comes to Palm Beach State after recently being the assistant varsity head coach at University High School and assistant golf coach at Seminole State College, where they finished 2nd in the nation during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to Seminole State, Smith was the head women's basketball coach at East Stroudsburg University. While at East Stroudsburg, Smith led the Warriors to their first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament appearance in 4 years (2012-13) and first winning record in 6 seasons (2013-14). Smith recruited 5 all conference student-athletes and 1 Freshmen of the Year.
While at Seminole State, Smith led the Raiders to a Mid-Florida Conference Championship and a runner-up finish in the NJCAA Region 8 State tournament. Smith's former players went on to play at University of Florida, University of Alabama, Florida Atlantic University, and Clayton State to name a few. 100% of Smith's student-athletes while at Seminole State went on to 4-year colleges and universities.
Smith previously held assistant coach positions at Oakland University, University of Central Florida, Bradley University, Southern Illinois University and Elmhurst College.
Smith was a two-year starter during her college career at Florida International University, who won the Trans America Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and played in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) during her senior year in 1991-92. She transferred to FIU after two years at Broward Community College, where she was a 2-year starter and 1990 Florida Junior College All-Star.
Smith holds a bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree from Florida International in 1992. She also earned an associate of Arts in Business Administration degree from Broward College in 1990, along with her Master’s degree in Sport Management from ESU.
Coach Smith resides in Boynton Beach with her husband Chris and dog Luke.
Assistant Coach - Mike Yousefian
Mike Yousefian is entering his first season at Palm Beach State. Prior to joining Palm Beach State, Yousefian was a coach for Team Pennsylvania.
Yousefian is no stranger to being a part of Coach Smith's staff. Yousefian was a student manager for Smith's first 2 years at East Stroudsburg University. Yousefian returned to Smith's staff as Graduate Assistant Coach in 2013, helping lead the team to a 15-13, and their first conference tournament victory in 6 seasons. Yousefian was promoted to Assistant Coach for the 2014-2015 season.
Yousefian started his basketball coaching career at Harcum College as a student manager and student assistant coach from 2007-2009.
Yousefian earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University.