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Brad Smith came back to Ohio State as the assistant men's golf coach during the summer of 2015, joining head coach Jay Moseley's staff. Smith is no stranger to Buckeye Golf, donning the Scarlet & Gray as a student-athlete and earning All-Big Ten honors in 2011. He also served as the program’s volunteer assistant coach during the 2012-13 campaign as well.
Smith and the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2017 after Ohio State registered its highest finish at the Big Ten Championships in 13 years. Smith mentored sophomore Will Grimmer to a runner-up performance at the conference championships. That individual performance also marked the best B1G effort from a Buckeye since 2004. Grimmer was joined by fellow Cincinnatian sophomore and Moseley apprecentice, Daniel Wetterich, as GCAA All-Midwest Region Team members.
Under Smith's watchful eye, senior Tee-k Kelly captured individual medalist honors at the NCAA Kohler Regional, the first Buckeye in school history to win an NCAA Regional individual title. Smith aided Grimmer in his stellar freshman campaign as well, joining Kelly at the NCAA Kohler Regional and earning All-Midwest Region accolades.
Kelly took it one step further receiving All-America Honorable Mention after advancing to the NCAA Championships. Kelly is the first Buckeye to garner All-America recognition since Smith's former teammate, Bo Hoag, did so in 2009.
Smith represented Buckeye Nation as a student-athlete from 2007-11 before graduating Summa Cum Laude (3.95 cumulative GPA) with a business administration degree majoring in finance. Not surpisingly, Smith's academic prowess has worn off on his pupils. The Buckeyes have racked up 17 OSU Scholar-Athlete and a dozen Academic All-Big Ten recognitions in the last two years since Smith returned to the staff.
On the course, Smith pushed Ohio State to a fifth-place effort at the 2011 NCAA Championships by placing 17th overall individually. He picked up Second Team All-Big Ten and PING Midwest All-Region accolades that season after tying All-American Bo Hoag with a team-best 72.63 stroke average in 36 rounds played.
The Peru, Ind., native was also honored as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on two occasions. The second such recognition came in March ’11 following Smith’s individual medalist performance at the FAU Spring Break Championship.
Smith was an all-around student-athlete, receiving praise academically and from the OSU strength and conditioning staff as well. He picked up ESPN Academic All-America Second Team laurels as a senior to go along with three Academic All-Big Ten and four OSU Scholar-Athlete designations. Smith received admission into the Buckeye Power Club, a distinction presented to just one student-athlete annually from each team who exemplifies specific qualities in the weight room – leadership ability, work ethic, winning attitude, attendance and ability to follow instructions.
Brad and his wife, Carmen, have been married since August 2010 and reside in New Albany with their two daughters, Scarlett and Linden. His uncle, Chris Smith, was a 2000 inductee into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Chris was First Team All-American in 1991 and the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and medalist in 1990.
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