Joel Smith

Optimum Basketball Head Trainer (Central Valley)


Joel has played with and against the worlds best players, which has given him the knowledge of what it takes to succeed at the highest level on down to the lowest (middle school level and below). His immense playing experience didn’t come without an extreme work ethic, daily drills, workouts, practices, and extra trainings. Joel takes his knowledge and passion for getting better, and uses that to better the athletes that work with him, not only from a skills and athleticism stand point, but also from the mental approach to the game. Joel has trained elementary athletes on up to professionals, all with one thing in common, he gets his guys better.


Joel was born and raised in Lompoc California. He started on the boys varsity basketball team as a sophomore and was very successful thru out his high school career. By the of his senior year he earned the following honors Northern League MVP, Santa Barbara County MVP, Santa Maria All-Area Team, All CIF Selection and Los Angeles Times North Coast Region Player of The Year. Between Joel’s freshman and sophomore year he started AAU travel ball with the 805 club out of Santa Barbara, California. It was playing there where he started drawing interest from division one schools (Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Oregon, Stanford). During his junior year he was observed playing in a Thousand Oaks High School Christmas tournament by the LA Rockfish representatives who after the tournament invited him to come play in their AAU travel club. Playing in the Rockfish system he began playing national tournaments all across the United States (Blue Ribbon,NC/3 Stripes,NY/Spiece,IN/Big Time,LV). After playing in the Rockfish system he went to prep school in New Hampshire at Brewster Academy which is in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) league, which is considered by most basketball analyst to be the best high school basketball league in the country. There he helped Brewster get to the NEPSAC AAA championship game and was named Prep All-American selection by Street and Smith’s and the #18 small forward in the nation by

Joel received a basketball scholarship to play for the University of Washington Huskies and coach Lorenzo Romar in the then Pac-10. As a freshman he earned All-Pac 10 Freshman Team Honorable Mention, helped the Huskies to a 29-6 record (tying the school record), Great Alaskan Shootout Tournament Champions, Pac 10 Tournament Champions, and NCAA Div. 1 Tournament #1 Seed and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998. The summer before his junior year he suffered a stress fracture in his foot which caused him to have to redshirt that year. So after graduating from the University of Washington with a BA degree in American Ethnic Studies he still had a year of college eligibility left.

With a year of eligibility left Joel decided to continue his education by entering the Master’s program (Education Major) at Chaminade University in Honolulu Hawaii, there he would also be able to complete his final year of college eligibility by playing for the Silver Swords. He helped the Silver Swords get to the playoffs, was in the PAC-West Conference top ten in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals, Pac-West Conference 1st team selection, as well as Div. II All-West Region Team selection.

Professionally Joel has played in many different countries and leagues throughout the world, from 2009-2013. Joel started playing for the Santa Barbara Breakers of the West Coast Basketball League (WCBL) and earned All-Rookie 1st Team honors in 2009. From there he went onto earn himself a spot in the Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League) Pre-Season Training Camp, and a spot in the 2010 D-League Player Pool. In 2011 Joel traveled down to Mexico to play in the top league down there (LNBP), for the Porte Vallarta, Jaguars. After his season in Mexico, Joel, made is way back to the states to play in the ABA with the, Rockets, of Richmond, California. There, Joel, led the team (which was ranked Top 10 in the nation) in scoring (23.6ppg), and earned himself a spot on the ABA All-Star Team. After his time with the Rockets, he played for the Rainmen, of Nova Scotia, Canada in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). From Nova Scotia, Joel, went onto play for the Razorsharks, of Rochester, New York in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The Game has taken Joel all over the world and back, now he looks to help the next generation of hoopers do the same.


Joel not only has a plethora of experience as Player and Trainer, but he also has plenty of experience on the other side of the ball as a Coach. Joel started his Coaching career at Lompoc High School, on the Central Coast of California, where, Joel, was the Boys Head JV Coach, and the First Assistant for the Varsity Boys program from 2009-2011. For the past year, Joel, has been the First Assistant for the Brookside Christian Girls Program where he helped Coach the team to a 2015-16 Sac-Joaquin Section, Div 4 CIF Championship. This year he will not only be the Girls First Assistant at Brookside Christian, but he will also be the Head Coach for the JV Boys program, where he looks to Coach his team to a league title.



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