The face of women's basketball for 30 seasons, Robin Hagen-Smith, has announced her plans to retire as head coach of the Shawnee State women's basketball team following the 2012-13 season.
During her time on the sidelines, Hagen-Smith has a coaching record of 638-160 since the Bears joined the NAIA during the 1989-90 season. This made her the NAIA's All-Time Active Winningest Coach at the time of her retirement. She also led the Bears to a 76-52 record when Shawnee State was still a community college competing in the NJCAA.
Overall, her career record comes to 713-213, as she won nearly 77 percent of her total games coached. Her 638 wins as an NAIA coach gave her a winning percentage of just under 80 percent since the transition to the NAIA. Coaching alongside her husband and longtime assistant Coach Gregg Smith, the Bears advanced to the NAIA Tournament a total of 18 different times – all of which came during the past 20 seasons.
Among her numerous Hall of Fame recognitions, perhaps none was more prestigious than her induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2011. She is also a member of the Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 1989), South Webster Hall of Fame (Class of 1998) and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 2010). She is also a member of Shawnee State's Hall of Fame and was inducted with the inaugural Class of 2000.
Hagen-Smith's career reached the ultimate platform during the 1998-99 season when her team went 31-2 overall and won the NAIA National Championship. Her National Championship victory came against St. Francis (Ind.), 80-65. That team was inducted as a group to the Shawnee State Hall of Fame and still stands as the only team in school history to capture an NAIA Championship. Following that run to the national title, she was named the NAIA Coach of the Year and coached the only NAIA Player of the Year in Program history, Erica Hayes.
Shawnee State nearly replicated that run during the 2009-10 season when the Bears advanced to the NAIA National Championship game before falling just one step short of the ultimate prize to Northwestern College, 85-66. That near title run during the 2009 postseason came just one year after the Bears completed the only undefeated regular season in program history with a 30-0 mark entering the NAIA Tournament. The 2009 perfect run would end at 31 straight games with an overtime loss in the NAIA Tournament Second Round.
In her 18 NAIA Tournament appearances, Hagen-Smith went a combined 27-17. In addition to her appearances in the NAIA Championship games, the Bears also made Fab Four showings during the 1995 and 2011 postseasons. The 2011 run to the Fab Four came in the program's first season as an NAIA Division I school under which the Bears have been competing since. SSU also made the NAIA Quarterfinals six times and was 14-4 in first round games under Hagen-Smith's leadership.
A total of 23 times during her coaching career, a player has been named an NAIA All-American. This list includes 10 players that were first-team NAIA All-Americans. Sixty three different players have been named to their respective all-conference teams spanning from the Mid-Ohio Conference, American Mideast Conference and the Mid-South Conference. Five of those players were named conference players of the year while three different individuals have been named the conference freshman of the year.
Individually, Hagen-Smith has been honored as the conference's coach of the year on seven different occasions. Her most recent honor in that category game during the 2010-11 season which was Shawnee State's first as a member of the Mid-South Conference. Her previous six honors came during her time in the American Mideast Conference. She was also named the 1998 WBCA IKON and 1999 Dispatch Women's Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year.