He made his mark both as a player and coach in basketball. From 1964 through 1968, "Sumthin" Smith, as he was known to Akron U basketball fans, became the highest scoring "little man" in the school's history. His career total of 1,437 points ranked him fourth, at the time, among all-time US cage greats. The 5-9 guard, who was a starter all four years, helped the Zips compile a 79-28 record during his career. Smith was instrumental in guiding UA to Ohio Conference and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships and subsequent trips to the NCAA College Division Championships in 1965 and '66. He capped off his athletic career by being named UA's co-Athlete of the Year for 1967-68. After graduating, Smith became head coach at Norton High School, however, it was at Akron South where Bobby had his greatest success - winning two city championships and earning regional runner-up honors twice, while compiling a 112-42 record. In 1976 Smith was the Northeast Ohio Coach-of-the-Year and in 1977 he earned Summit County Coach-of-the-Year honors. His alma mater, Akron, inducted him into its hall of fame in 1986.