Paul Smith named TWU assistant athletic director
Jan. 13, 2020 — DENTON — Texas Woman’s University announced today that Paul Smith will become the university’s next assistant athletic director for communications, effective February 6.
Smith most recently served as director of athletic communications at Arkansas Tech University. In his role, he oversaw the redesign and relaunch of ArkansasTechSports.com, spent time as the play-by-play announcer for various teams and managed gameday operations, including responsibilities at the 2014 NCAA Division II Central Region Baseball Championship and the 2016 NCAA Division II Central Region 1 Championship and Central Super Region Championship.
"I am excited to be joining the Pioneer family,” Smith said. “I was incredibly impressed by the student-athletes, coaches and staff on my first visit to campus, and I look forward to being a part of this dynamic and growing program and institution."
In response to the hiring, Sandee Mott, TWU Director of Athletics stated, "I am excited to add a leader of Paul's caliber to our administrative team. In seeing what Paul has accomplished at the institutional, conference, regional and national levels, I know we are getting one of the best in the business. Further, Paul has the vision to take us beyond the day to day operations of athletics communications and enhance the University brand."
Smith, a member of NACDA and CoSIDA, has served as a panelist on "Effective Social Media Practices" at the 2014 CoSIDA convention, presented on "Five Revenue-Generating Ideas You Can Use Today" at the 2014 Business of Small College Athletics conference, led a continuing education session on gameday management for Great American Conference ADs and SWAs, moderated the "Going from SID to Upper Administration" panel at the 2015 CoSIDA convention and presented on crisis communications at the 2016 CoSIDA convention.
In his work with Phi Lambda Chi National Fraternity as the organization's Executive Director, Smith has presented extensively on risk management, leadership, and Title IX.
Prior to Arkansas Tech, Smith served at Oakland University (MI), University of Arkansas Monticello, Delta State University (MS) and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. At Corpus Christi, Smith was named assistant sports information director—a post he held for three weeks before being promoted to interim sports information director, becoming one of the youngest Division I sports information directors in the nation at the age of 23.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master's degree from Arkansas Tech University.
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