Lamont Smith Steps Down as San Diego HC After Domestic Violence Arrest

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

San Diego head coach Lamont Smith looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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The University of San Diego announced Wednesday that Lamont Smith has stepped down as its head basketball coach.

The decision comes one day after the San Francisco District Attorney's Office told USA Today's A.J. Perez charges will not be filed against Smith following his arrest at Oakland International Airport Feb. 25 on suspicion of domestic violence.

"We appreciate Coach Smith's contributions to Torero Athletics and to the men's basketball program since he joined us three years ago," the school said in a statement relayed by 10News' Ben Higgins. "Coach Smith elevated the level of competitiveness of our program, recruited an outstanding group of student-athletes, and established a strong foundation for future success."

The school added it will begin "an immediate national search" for its next head coach led by Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis.

Smith, who played for the University of San Diego from 1995-99, was hired prior to the 2015-16 campaign.

The Toreros went 40-52 during his time at the helm, including 18-13 this past season.

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