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Monday, April 12, 2021

Smart's Staff Coming Together

Internet sleuthing has found that two of Shaka Smart's three assistant coaches are now listed in the Campus Contacts, as is a new support staff member. While no one has been added to the official gomarquette.com page, Cody Hatt, Neill Barry, and Nevada Smith are joining Smart's Marquette staff. All three were also on his staff at Texas.

Cody Hatt started his career as a content editor at ESPN, including time working on SportsCenter. From there, he worked at New England Recruiting Report with Adam Finkelstein. Hatt got his coaching start as an assistant at Vermont Academy, the same institution Symir Torrence attended before coming to Marquette. That's where Smart found him. Hatt joined VCU as a graduate assistant in 2015-16 before following him to Texas. He initially served as Director of Basketball Operations while also helping Coach Smart coach the 2016 USA U-18 Basketball team. He was promoted to Assistant Coach for the 2020-21 season.

Neill Berry started his coaching career at Western Kentucky with familiar Marquette name Darrin Horn in 2005-06. He followed Horn to South Carolina and remained there until Horn was fired in 2012. Berry moved on first to High Point then spent three years on Steve Prohm's staff at Iowa State, which included two NCAA Tourney berths. Berry was hired by Smart in 2018-19 to replace Horn, who had left for a head coaching job. Berry has a total of 16 years as a Division I assistant, including 12 as an assistant coach.

The last member of the staff we can confirm is Nevada Smith. Smith spent a little over a decade coaching Division III before moving to the G-League in 2013 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. From there, he took another G-League job, guiding the Sioux Falls Skyforce for 3 seasons. Smith helped move 14 players from the G-League to the NBA before joining Smart's staff at Texas as the Director of Program Development. He was at Texas for the 2020-21 season before taking the Special Assistant to the Head Coach position at Marquette which was previously filled by Rob Judson.

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