Gene Smith (athletic director)
Early life/playing and coaching career
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Smith was a member of the 1973 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team that won the AP National Championship. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1977, becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. That year, he became an assistant coach of the Fighting Irish football team, which would go on to win the Undisputed National Championship.
He was also identified as one of Black Enterprise's "50 most powerful African-Americans in sports". He has previous affiliations with the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA committee on Infractions, the Rose Bowl Management Committee, and the NCAA Football Rules Committee. Smith was named to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee in 2006 and became the chair in 2010.
In January 2014 Smith was promoted to vice president of the university. He will continue in his duties as athletic director, while also having an expanding role in other areas of the university.
Under Smith's watch as athletic director, Ohio State has won seven NCAA recognized National Championships in various team sports - three men's titles (football, wrestling, volleyball) three women's titles (rowing), and one co-ed title (fencing).
Awards and honors
- 1973 AP National Championship (with Notre Dame)
- 1977 Undisputed National Championship (as an assistant coach with Notre Dame)
- Seven NCAA National Championships in various sports (as OSU athletic director)
- 2010 Carl Maddox Sport Management Award
- 2016 James J. Corbett Memorial Award