Blackmon joined the Green Terror staff in 2013 with more than 14 years of coaching experience at the high school level and draws from his own experience as a Division I basketball player at Howard in Washington, D.C.
In three seasons on the McDaniel staff, he has helped the team to a 66-18 record, two trips to the conference championship game and an NCAA tournament bid. He has also helped mentor a two-time Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Blackmon comes from a basketball family. His cousin Garfield Heard played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma and went on to play 11 years in the NBA. He also won an NBA championship as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Blackmon's brother Derek Smith played college basketball for the University of Louisville and won an NCAA title in 1980. He was the Metro Conference Player of the Year in 1981 and went on to play nine years in the NBA and was an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Blackmon's nephew Demetrius Smith played college basketball for the University of Alabama for four years and is currently the head boys' basketball coach for Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga. Blackmon's nephew Nolan Smith played for Duke and won an NCAA championship in 2010. He was the ACC Player of the Year in 2011 and is currently an assistant coach for the Blue Devils.
Blackmon's main responsibility is recruiting. In three recruiting seasons, he has recruited eight players on the current roster, including a player from Canada.
Blackmon received his bachelor's from Howard and is currently persuing his masters in sports administration at McDaniel.
Blackmon lives in Halethorpe, Md., with his wife and their nine-year-old daughter.