Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 27, 2013

Knights to name court for Smith

WELCH — When the Mount View Golden Knights boys’ basketball team opens the 2013-14 season on Saturday, December 14,, a special dedication will take place at the 36-year-old high school.

The basketball court will be named after the Golden Knights’ first head coach, Ergie R. Smith, Jr.

The actual dedication will occur prior to the View’s game against Greater Beckley Christian Academy, which is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

Smith will be honored prior to the dedication, starting at 5 p.m. in the high school, with the public being cordially invited.

Smith started his teaching and coaching career at Gary District High School in 1953, as an assistant to coaching legend, the late James Wilkerson.

At Wilkerson’s behest, the pair became co-head coaches and guided the Bulldogs to the Class AA state runner-up position in 1962, before returning to garner the Class A state title in 1965.

After that accomplishment, Smith was out of the education arena following the integration of Gary District and Gary High School until he returned in 1971 to teach and coach at Gary High School.

The Coaldiggers won the 1973 Class AA basketball championship under Smith’s guidance.

He became the first head basketball coach at Mount View when the school opened in 1978 and led the Golden Knights until he retired in 1989.

Smith finished his basketball coaching career with a record of 504-206, and never had a losing season as head basketball mentor.

In recognition of his outstanding career as a teacher and coach, friends, former players, coaches and associates will gather for the naming of the basketball court at Mount View High School to Ergie R. Smith, Jr. court that evening.

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