Eun Jung Lee Smith, better known by her friends as EJ has been a force to reckon with since her early days at the University of Louisiana Monroe. In 1982, EJ immigrated from South Korea to play basketball for the university. During her playing years, she became a 3-time All American, 4-time Southland Conference Player, and a Louisiana Hall of Famer. Not only did she receive all these accolades, but she also helped her team appear in the school’s first and only NCAA Final Four apperance in 1985.
Upon graduating, she became an assistant and associate head coach for her alma mater for nearly 3 decades – training and mentoring hundreds of players.
EJ shared that she hopes she can show women and girls everywhere that their dreams are possible with hard work, determination, and discipline!
When asked how the Monroe-West Monroe community supported her in her career, she shared delightful stories of fans lining the block trying to get into a women’s basketball game – something she said was unprecedented at the time.
Today, EJ is a coach at Sul Ross University in Texas, but she says, “with these memories, I will always call Monroe my home.”