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Steve Smiley promoted to head mens basketball coach at Northern Colorado

Smiley, who was the associate head coach under Jeff Linder, has been officially promoted.
Credit: Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. — The University of Northern Colorado is staying in house for its next head mens basketball coach. 

Steve Smiley, who was the associate head coach under the recently departed Jeff Linder, was officially named the Bears new head coach on Thursday night. 

Smiley joined UNC as the associate head coach in May of 2016. A Colorado native, Smiley has previous head coaching experience as he spent six years as the man in charge at Sheridan College in Wyoming. 

A virtual press conference to introduce Smiley will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

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