"I think it's all about teaching life lessons," said Reggie Peace, athletic director and men's basketball coach at Lee County High School.
"Life is about a whole lot more than winning games.
We as coaches want to win every game we play, but there has to be some substance to what you try to do with your program."
On and off the court
met Smith, who won two national championships during his
Hall of Fame career at UNC
, at a basketball camp at the university years ago.
"Like everybody says, he
was very personable," Peace
could meet strangers and just about remember everybody he
met or ran into after just meeting you one time."
Smith was known for being exceptionally sharp and good with details, Peace
said, which made it all the more difficult to watch him struggle with Alzheimer's disease in his
"I was listening to Rick Fox last night on NBA TV," Peace
As to Smith's talent as a coach, Peace
said it was unmatched.
"Starting out as a young coach, you try to copy someone that's had a lot of success in the things that they did," he
"Obviously, as successful as [Smith] was, we try to implement a lot of the plays and things that he
did with his
said it's still possible, at the high school level where there is no shot clock, to run the "Four Corners" offensive strategy popularized by Smith in the 1960s.
The strategy involves one player standing in each corner of the offensive half of the court while a fifth player stands in the middle.
The strategy was used to run down the game clock in college games before the institution of the shot clock in 1985.
"If you've got a good enough team," Peace
said, "you can still do that in high school since they don't have a shot clock.
believes Smith's contributions to basketball extend far beyond UNC
and North Carolina.
"As long as basketball will be played," he
said, "things that he
did with his
teams over the years will always be a part of the game.