Carleton basketball coach to lead England squad

One of Canada's most successful university basketball coaches, Carleton University's Dave Smart, has been named the new coach of England's under-20 basketball team.

Dave Smart expected to return to coach Carleton next fall

Carleton University Ravens mens basketball team head coach Dave Smart watches attentively in a game against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. (Pawel Dwulit/The Canadian Press)

Carleton University men's basketball head coach Dave Smart has been named the new head coach for England's under-20 men's basketball team.

Smart, who has led Carleton to eight national championships in the last 10 years, takes over from Tim Lewis who has coached England since 2006. Smart has spent 13 seasons as the school's head coach and won Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) coach of the year four times during that tenure.

He was also an assistant coach with Canada's senior men's national team from 2008 to 2011 and coached Team Canada at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

Smart will remain as Carleton's head coach, according to Carleton's athletics director Jennifer Brenning, but all the details have yet to be worked out.

The job is not full-time and it is also only expected to be a summer job, Brenning added. Smart was not available for comment because he is in the United States.

Smart was chosen from a pool of 105 applicants, according to the website. His full staff and team have yet to be announced.

"Dave Smart is a standout coach internationally who we are pleased to have interested and committed," Warwick Cann, British basketball's head of performance, told the website.

"This will assist [Great Britain] in reaching our goals and undoubtedly the players will be the beneficiaries."

The team's former coach left the under-20 team to join England's senior men's team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.