DEAN SMITH WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LITTLE BURGUNDY, WHERE HIS SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND FAMILY PROVIDED A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR HIS FUTURE IN ATHLETICS.
From an early age, Dean played competitive hockey, baseball, football and basketball. His abilities in football led him to play for the Junior Alouettes for a season. Dean helped lead the Dawson College AAA basketball team to a provincial championship, as well as a national and provincial championship. Dean’s real passion, however, is in teaching and coaching.
Over the years, Dean has coordinated a number of morning and after-school basketball programs for schools such as ECS, Lower Canada College, Royal Vale, The Study, Roslyn and St. Georges Elementary, as well as, both the Westmount and Jewish YMCAs. He has coached the Bantam, Midget and Juvenile girls teams at ECS since 1997; he traveled to the United States and coached the AAU TWBA Bluehounds girls traveling team for three consecutive summers from 2007-2009 in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Washington, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Atlanta.
He was also head coach for the Dawson Community Blues Bantam, Midget and Juvenile girls from 2002-2008. He coached for the Dawson College Women’s AAA basketball team from 2002-2009 and helped lead them to a provincial championship in 2002. Dean is also a masters skills coach and a personal trainer for athletes wanting to improve their game on any level.
Dean’s passion was fully realized in the co-founding of a foundation, which seeks to improve the moral and physical well-being of youth, through sports. Co-founding the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation, as well as, the Trevor Williams Basketball Academy has been the highlight of Dean’s athletic career, as it takes the notion of “each one, teach one” into the heart of the city and into the spirits of those who share a love of the game.