Lakeshore High School has hired former South Bend St. Joe standout Sydney Smallbone as its new varsity head girls basketball coach.
The Lancers will get a dynamic young coach who should be able to connect with her players well. Smallbone turned 24 in April. Smallbone has no official coaching experience at any level but that didn't stop Lakeshore Athletic Director Greg Younger from hiring her.
"Her passion for the game and her desire to give back to the game are tremendous," Younger said Tuesday. "She helped this winter with our youth programs and her attention to detail and fundamentals are excellent."
Smallbone also studied under an iconic coach for four years in college, playing for Pat Summitt at Tennessee.
Sydney was primarily a role player at UT. She was a freshman when Tennessee won its last national title in 2008. Smallbone's college career ended with a loss to Notre Dame in the Elite 8 in 2011.
Before that, She starred at St. Joe High in South Bend where she was part of a dynamic run by the Indians. Smallbone helped St. Joe win a state title as a sophomore and was runner up for Miss Basketball in Indiana during her senior year in 2007.
Smallbone takes over a team that reached the Class B regional finals in March. Smallbone takes over for Doug Clem, making Smallbone the 6th coach in program history.