Queen Smith enters her third season as an assistant coach at
Yale. She works with the Bulldogs’ guards and also
coordinates team travel. The life-long New Haven resident worked as
the activity director for the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP)
camps at Yale since 1997. She was inducted into the New Haven
Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame on Nov. 13, 2007.
In addition to her work with the NYSP camps, Smith had worked with the New Haven Board of Education since 1996. Most recently, she served as the head girls volleyball and girls basketball coach at Wilbur Cross High School.
In 2001, Smith was named the IAABO Coach of the Year. She was also an assistant outdoor track coach at Wilbur Cross from 2000-05, where she worked with the sprinters and long/triple jumpers. The team won three state championships and three state open championships during her tenure.
While with the New Haven Board of Education, Smith also acted as a career specialist in the career service office. In this position, she helped students make educational/career choices and helped provide internship opportunities in students’ areas of interest.
Smith has been recognized by numerous organizations for her community service involvement. In 2001, she won the Seton Elm-Ivy Award, and she received the NYSP’s Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence in 2002. Smith has also received the Secretary of State Public Service Award (2005), New Haven Network Partners in Education Award (2006) and New Haven Rotary Club Vocational Service Award (2007).
A 1996 Quinnipiac graduate, Smith (maiden name Edwards) was a three-time Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95). She earned a Second Team All-Northeast-10 selection in 1992-93. Smith is 12th on the Bobcats' all-time scoring list with 1,207 points, and ranks second in assists (476), second in steals (394), and 10th in rebounds (594).
Smith and her husband, Dr. David N. Smith, currently reside in Hamden with their daughter, Melissa and son, David, Jr.