Nikki Smith grew up in Detroit, went to high school in Alabama and attended college in Tennessee.
But since going to graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University she's found a home in the Bluegrass State.
This fall she'll be the girls basketball coach at Frankfort High, replacing Joey Thacker who left in August to take the same position at Franklin County.
"I always said if I coached in Frankfort I wanted to coach here," Smith said.
Smith, 33, started her coaching career at Midway College where she stayed for eight years. During her tenure she served as assistant athletic director, associate head softball coach, assistant basketball coach and four years as head basketball coach.
After leaving Midway, "I took a year off," Smith said. "I didn't know if I wanted to continue coaching. Then I got the bug, and the West (Jessamine) job was open."
Smith was the head coach at West Jessamine last year, commuting from Frankfort where she lives with her husband, Phillip Smith, a native of Frankfort.
"I intended to stay there awhile," Smith said of West Jessamine, where she coached for a year, "but then this job became available, and I was living right here."
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