Gene Smith Named Sports Business Journal AD of the Year
May 18, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gene Smith, Ohio State University senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director, was named 2016 Sports Business Journal Athletics Director of the Year Wednesday at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

A finalist for the 2008 SBJ AD of the Year award and the 2010 SBJ AD of the Year award winner, Smith has helped guide Ohio State athletics to extraordinary successes once again. Ohio State stood second in the latest update of the 2016 Directors' Cup standings (April 20) and recently celebrated the achievements of a record 561 scholar-athletes (3.0 Grade-Point Average or better) at a ceremony held on campus.

With several spring sports still in contention for national titles and one national crown already in the books (men's volleyball), Ohio State had 10 teams finish among the Top 10 nationally through the fall and winter seasons in the Directors Cup Standings and the national title in men's volleyball this spring.

A list of those teams follows:

Football: 4th
Women's Soccer: 9th
Men's Soccer: 9th
Women's Volleyball: 9th
Women's Basketball: 9th
Fencing: 2nd
Men's Gymnastics: 3rd
Rifle: 7th
Wrestling: 3rd
Men's Volleyball: 1st

Oklahoma's Joe Castiglione, Stanford's Bernard Muir and Navy's Chet Gladchuk joined Smith as nominees in the Athletics Director of the Year category.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from January 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016. Athletics directors from colleges and universities in the United States were eligible.

About Ohio State Athletics
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams - 17 for women, 16 for men and three co-educational. The department is committed to providing its more than 1,000 student-athletes with the finest in academic and athletics support in order to ensure a quality and life-enhancing experience. The Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees.