Running With The Greyhounds Book Signing On Dec. 29 & Jan. 5
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball welcomes alum and noted Greyhounds historian Jimmy "Jumpshot" Smith '76 to Reitz Arena on Friday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Jan. 5, when the team hosts a pair of Patriot League games.
Smith, who now lives in Nottingham, England, will sign copies of his book, "Running With The Greyhounds" prior to and during the game. The book chronicles the Loyola's men's basketball program from its infancy through the early 1980s when the Greyhounds made the move to NCAA Division I status. In this epic, Smith researched the program and interviewed more than 70 alumni, their families, friends and foes. He teamed with fellow Loyola alum Greg Miller '73 to produce the 390-page volume with more than 280 photographs.
Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds from 1972-1976 who still stands at No. 5 on the Loyola all-time rebounding chart with 749 in his career. He is the single-game record-holder with 11 blocked shots in a game. Smith was a freshman on the 1972-1973 team that was the first Loyola team to qualify for NCAA postseason play when it won the Mason-Dixon Conference title and advance to the Division II First Round and South Atlantic Regional. He went on to play professionally for eight seasons in the United Kingdom and France as Loyola's first European professional player.
After his playing days were completed, the Baltimore native – Smith graduated from Northern High School in 1972 – he has lived in England and served as Nottinghamshire County Council's Basketball Development Officer and Coach for over 30 years, introducing more than 62,000 young people to the game.
Smith will greet fans at the Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 game outside the main entrance to Reitz Arena where they can purchase signed copies of his book. He will also be available during halftime in the Courtside Club.
To purchase tickets to the games, visit LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets.
For more on "Running With The Greyhounds," visit the book's website, and watch this 2015 interview of Smith on WBAL-TV.