Smith, a 1989 graduate of Canisius College, serves as the school's head
athletic trainer. Smith returned to Canisius in August 1996 after spending six
years as an assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy in
West Point, N.Y. He also spent one year as a graduate assistant athletic
trainer at the University of Illinois, where he received a master's degree in
kinesiology/athletic training in 1990.
the head athletic trainer at Canisius, Smith oversees coverage for all 16
Canisius teams, working directly with the cross country and women's lacrosse
programs. He also administers and oversees the student-athlete accident
insurance and NCAA and Canisius College Drug Testing programs. The western New
York native also serves as an adjunct professor for athletic training
curriculums through the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training. His
certifications include BOC Certification, Clinical Instructor Educator and
National Safety Council Instructor of CPR, First Aid and AED.
has offered a variety of regional and national presentations on several topics
in sports medicine. He has also been involved with the United States Olympic
Committee Sports Medicine Team and was a volunteer athletic trainer at the
United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. He worked the 1999
Summer World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and helped
coordinate athletic training services at the 2004 and 2007 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds in Buffalo. Smith has
served in numerous capacities within the New York State Athletic Trainers
Association (NYSATA), including treasurer, regional representative, webmaster
and president from 2002-04, where he represented nearly 1,300 certified and student
athletic trainers statewide. He was honored by the NYSATA with the Thomas J.
Sheehan Sr., Award for outstanding service to the profession. He recently
served as a member of the NATA's Inter-Association Task Force on
"Recommended Guidelines on How to Prepare for and Manage Sudden Cardiac
Arrest (SCA) During High School and College Athletic Practices and
Competitions," which has been published in numerous journals.
has recently been appointed to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and
Medical Aspects of Sports. This
committee provides expertise and leadership to the NCAA in order to promote a
healthy and safe environment for the nearly 400,000 student-athletes within the
NCAA through research, education, collaboration and policy development.
lives in Eggertsville, N.Y., with his wife, Carol, and their children, Grant