Coach Smiles Named New York State Co-Coach of the Year
May 2, 2006

Erik Smiles, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Farmingdale State, was named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Men's Division III Co-Coach of the Year on April 28th, 2006. The Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc. is an organization that is made up of basketball coaches of all scholastic and collegiate levels throughout the entire State of New York. Coach Smiles was selected as BCANY, Co-Coach of the Year by a sub-committee of the BCANY Board of Directors.

In just his second season as Head Coach at Farmingdale State, Erik Smiles led the Rams to a 23-6 overall record, won the first-ever Skyline Conference Championship in school history and had the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. In the NCAA Tournament, he led the men to a first-round win with a 93-82 win over Ursinus College. The Rams then faced eventual Division III Champions Virginia-Wesleyan University in the second-round and led by seven points with 6:15 remaining in the game, before a 10-point surge by VWU led to a 71-63 loss, ending an exciting season for men's basketball at Farmingdale State.

During the season, the Rams held an impressive 23-game conference win streak that dated from February 11, 2004 until January 19, 2006. They also won the first regular season tournament in program history at the Randolph-Macon Rees Jewelers Xmas Classic with wins over Kenyon College and Fisk University on December 29-30, 2005. Coach Smiles was named the Skyline Coach of the Year for the second season in a row, as well as the Atlantic Coach of the Year. The Rams were ranked fourth in the Atlantic Region during the season and received votes in the Top-25 Poll at the end of the season.