Queen Smith

Queen Edwards-Smith

Queen was born and raised in New Haven, CT.  Queen was an outstanding three sport athlete for the Lady Academics in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Graduation in 1991 from James Hillhouse High School, she played on the volleyball, girls basketball team and ran outdoor track.  In March of 2011 Queen was inducted into the James Hillhouse High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

After graduation from Hillhouse, Queen attended Quinnipiac (College) University on a basketball scholarship.  She played basketball for four years and was a three-time Northeast 10 Conference Defensive player of the Year (1993, 1994, 1995).  She earned a Second Team All-Northeast 10 selection in 1993.  Queen is 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). In October of 2010 Queen was inducted into the Quinnipiac University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After graduation from Quinnipiac in 1996, Queen worked in the New Haven Public Schools 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 the students’ area of interest.  Besides working in the career office, Queen served as head volleyball (1996-2007) and head girls basketball coach (1997-2006) at Wilbur Cross High School.  In 2001, Queen was named the IABBO Coach of the Year.  Since 1997, she has worked as the activity director of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) Camps at Yale University.

In 2007, Queen became a full time assistant women’s basketball coach at Yale University for four years. She worked with the Bulldogs’ guards and also coordinates team travel. In her four years Queen was instrumental in recruiting athletes to Yale and assisting with the resurrection of the women’s basketball program. In 2010-2011 Yale Women’s Basketball team finished with a 10-4 record in the Ivy-League standings, and Yale’s first sweep of Harvard since 1993-94 and the programs first WNIT season while on the coaching staff.

Queen has been recognized by numerous organizations for her community service.  In 2001, she won the Seton Elm-Ivy Award, and she received the NYSP Silvio Conte Award of Excellence in 2002 (best program out of 212 in the US).  She also received the Secretary of State Public Service Award (2005),

New Haven Network Partners in Education Award (2006) and the New Haven Rotary Club Vocational Service Award (2007).  The New Haven Tap-Off Club inducted Queen in their Hall of Fame in November of 2007, and the Farnam Neighborhood House, Inc. Polly Sweeten Excellence In Sports Award (2011).

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