Shaka Smart Bio, Affair, Married, Wife, Net Worth, Ethnicity, Salary, Age, Nationality

(Basketball Coach, Basketball player)

Relationship Facts of Shaka Smart

  • Shaka Smart is married to Maya Payne.
  • Shaka Smart married on May 20, 2006.
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  • He is father of one.
  • Shaka Smart is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

More about the relationship

Talking about his love life, Shaka Smart is married to his long-time partner, Maya Payne. Maya is an alumna of Harvard University and also a writer. She is a literacy advocate who helps parents with how to raise kids.

The couple tied the knot on 20 May 2006. Similarly, they have a daughter who was born in the year 2011. The duo is together for more than 15 years years.

Facts/ Trivia

  • His birth sign is Aries.
  • He has a notable defensive coaching style that is simple described as havoc.
  • Smart’s given name was bestowed in honor of the famous Zulu monarch and military strategist.
  • The coach is a supporter of former President Barack Obama for whom he campaigned in Florida in 2008 and Virginia in 2012.
  • He likes documentaries starring big cats.
  • His birth name is Shaka Dingani Smart.

Who is Shaka Smart?

Shaka Smart is a well-recognized American men’s college basketball coach and a former basketball player. Smart is the present head men’s basketball coach at Marquette University.

Likewise, he became the head coach of the University of Texas basketball team in 2015 after six years at VCU.

Shaka Smart- Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity, Education

Shaka Smart was born on 8 April 1977. At present, his age is 44 years old. Likewise, his birthplace is North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the USA.

Shaka is the son of his father, Winston Smart whereas his mother is Monica King. Moreover, he has four half-siblings named Sekou Lumumba Smar, Ifoma Oginga Smart, Anika Aduesa Smart, and Nkosi Mandela Smart.

Talking about his nationality, Smart holds an American identity whereas his ethnicity is African-American, Caucasian.

Educational Details

The former basketball player was a three-year starter for Oregon high school. Later, Snart attended Division III Kenyon College.

The coach graduated Magna cum laude from Kenyon with a degree in history, researching and writing on issues related to race and the Great Migration. He earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and received a master’s degree in social science at the California University of Pennsylvania.

Shaka Smart- Professional Life, Careers

Professionally, Shaka started his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at California University of Pennsylvania. Earlier, he played as a basketball player for his high school. He was a second-team All-Badger Conference pick as a senior. Eventually, he ended his high school career making all-time assists leader for a career(458), season(201), and single-game(20).

Smart was hired by VCU to be the head coach in the spring of 2009. His hire made him the 10th-youngest head coach in division 1. Similarly, Shaka began his second season by forward Larry Sanders. He also led the Rams to their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, where they lost to Old Dominion.

On 4 April 2011, Shaka made an 8-year contract extension with VCU. Likewise, his base payment was increased from $350,000 to $1.12 million per year. Earlier, Smart became the second-youngest active coach to win 100 games with a 90-63 victory over Duquesne.

Additionally, Smart received an offer to become the new men’s head basketball coach in Texas. His first season at Texas was impressive as the Longhorns won 20 games. He also extended his contract through the 2022-23 season.

The basketball coach earned a commitment from Mohamed Bambato’s plays at Texas. Recently, Marquette University hired him as a head coach of the Golden Eagles on 25 March 2021.

Shaka Smart- Net worth, Salary

A well-named Basketball coach, Shaka has earned a handsome amount of money from his profession.

It is reported that Shaka Smart has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Likewise, his annual salary is expected to be nearly $1.19 million.

However, the famed personality has not disclosed his exact salary, earnings, and assets details till now.

Shaka Smart- Rumors, Controversy

Shaka has never been part of any controversial matter or rumors till now.

It seems that Smart prefers enjoying his personal life and does not want to merge it with his professional life.

Body features- Height, Weight

44 years old athlete, Shaka has handsome looks and an admirable personality. Furthermore, Smart has brown eyes whereas his hair is light brown.

Nevertheless, the athlete has never mentioned other physical details in the public yet.

Social Media

Regarding his social media presence, Shaka Smart is an active personality on social media. Shaka has more than 13.1k followers on his official Instagram account @coachshakasmart.

He is also active on Twitter with around 37.7k followers.

However, Smart is not available on Facebook at the moment.

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