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Husky hoops add Lamont Smith as an assistant coach

For the second time in less than a week, Lorenzo Romar has made a change to his coaching staff. On Thursday, Romar officially announced the hiring of Lamont Smith as an assistant coach.

Smith spent the last four season as an assistant coach to Herb Sendek at arizona State.

But Smith has close ties to Romar. He served under him as a grad assistant at the University of St. Louis from 1999-2001.

"We are excited to welcome Lamont Smith on our staff," Romar said in a press release. "Lamont is very energetic and a dynamic recruiter. I know Lamont really well. I was able to give him his first job and I coached against him when he was a player at the University of San Diego. He has a great basketball mind and will have a big impact on our program."

The  need for an ace recruiter became evident after assistant and top recruiter Raphael Chillious left for a similar position at Villanova. Romar filled Chillious' position by hiring longtime Western Washington head coach Brad Jackson.

To make room for Smith, longtime assistant coach Paul Fortier will now serve as the director of player personnel and player development. Fortier has spent the past seven years as an assistant on Romar's bench.

"Paul brings a lot of value to our program and he will excel in his role as the director of player personnel and player development," Romar said. "He will be vital in ensuring that Washington remains one of the top programs in the nation."

Smith leaves a struggling ASU program, filled with player defections,  for a Husky program that has been a part of four straight Pac-12 championships.

"I have always really watched his career and the success he has had," Smith said of Romar. "Any time you can coach with a man that has his type of character and work ethic, you just kind of gravitate towards that. I am very excited that I will be able to wake up every day and help Washington build on the success they have had and help them win championships."

Before joining Sendek's staff at ASU, Smith was at Santa Clara from 2007-08 as Kerry Keating's top assistant. He helped recruit one of the top classes in the West Coast Conference during his time with the Broncos.

Smith spent six seasons as an assistant on the staff of Randy Bennett at Saint Mary's before joining Santa Clara. Bennett and Smith knew each other from their time on Romar's Saint Louis staff.

Smith is a native of Colony, Texas.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of San Diego in 1998 and was a member of the men's basketball team from 1994-99. He was named the Toreros' Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as the team captain from 1997-99.