Spectators at Currier Gymnasium have gotten used to up-tempo games with the Bulldogs averaging 117 points per game. The run-and-gun style implemented by Smith resulted in a national-record 132 points-per-game average three years ago. Ducey said he prefers up-tempo, as well, but won’t look to duplicate the numbers Smith’s teams put up. “I like to press, too, but we won’t be looking to create that much tempo,” he said with a laugh. Ducey had directed the women’s program since 1998, compiling a 138-87 record in that stretch. The Bulldogs went 16-8 last season, finishing in a tie for third in the conference. Ducey also has headed the tennis program for eight years, directing the women’s team the last three. He has been selected West Region Coach of the Year four times and plans to keep that position during the spring.Before coming to Redlands, Ducey was a men’s basketball and tennis coach at Cal State San Bernardino. Martinez said the school will begin a search for a women’s basketball coach immediately. Ducey met with his team Tuesday. “I had a great time coaching the women here,” he said. “People ask me all the time if it is different coaching women. It really isn’t. The game is the same.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Athletic director Jeff Martinez said the school didn’t officially post the opening but there was considerable interest shown from outside applicants when Smith’s resignation became public last summer. “This move really made sense. A lot of people probably saw it coming,” Martinez said. “Jim has been part of this university for a long time and has been successful with every sport he has coached. “We’re confident he will pick up where Gary left off.” Ducey becomes the eighth men’s basketball coach since the inception of the program in 1917, only the third since 1970. He played for Smith, graduating in 1978 with a degree in physical education and minors in art and geology. Smith stepped down after 36 years with a record of 456-465, including 231-225 in conference play. “I have a tough act to follow,” Ducey said. “Gary is like my mentor. I can only hope to do half as well as he did here.” The University of Redlands searched from within when it came time to find a successor to outgoing men’s basketball coach Gary Smith. On Wednesday, the school handed the reins to former women’s coach Jim Ducey.