Smith to depart following nine years with Stonehill athletic department
WORCESTER, Mass. (May 2, 2012) - Stonehill College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brendan J. Sullivan has announced that Nick Smith, Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the College, has accepted the position of Athletic Director at Assumption College.
"Nick is going to do a tremendous job at Assumption College," said Sullivan. "In his nine years at Stonehill, he has been an integral part of our success here and we owe a debt of gratitude for his many contributions. He is well prepared to lead a Division II athletic program and he will charter a great path for Assumption athletics. While he will be a tremendous loss for our department, I am thrilled to have him as a colleague in the Northeast-10."
Smith has been named to
succeed Ted Paulauskas, who is retiring after
“After a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Nick Smith will become director of athletics for Assumption College,” said Catherine WoodBrooks, Assumption’s vice president for student affairs, who oversees the department. “Nick’s experiences will provide a strong foundation as we continue to enhance Assumption’s excellent intercollegiate athletic program.”
In his new role, Smith will be charged with leading and overseeing the College’s athletics programs, employees and operations. He will also serve as Assumption’s liaison to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the Northeast-10 Conference and other athletics organizations.
Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo noted: “Nick Smith has expressed a thoughtful vision for Assumption’s Athletics Department, and a deep understanding of and appreciation for the College’s mission. His commitment to working closely with student-athletes will enhance their liberal arts education through Assumption’s intercollegiate athletic program.”
“I would like to thank the entire Assumption College community for this exciting opportunity,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff, in addition to getting to know the alumni and those associated with Assumption College.
“I believe that the future is bright for Assumption College athletics, and I am eager to get started,” he said. “I would also like to thank Ted Paulauskas for all he has done for Assumption College Athletics, and I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation he has developed.”
At Stonehill, Smith worked in the Department of Athletics since September 2003, including most recently as Associate Director of Athletics. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the department’s budget, providing administrative oversight for multiple varsity teams, as well as assisting in the planning and coordination for the construction of W.B. Mason Stadium, Lou Gorman Field, and soccer fields; and supervising staff. He also oversaw the direction of Stonehill College Sports Camps, which generated more than $50,000 in revenue for the department over the last two years.
"I would like to thank Fr.
Mark Cregan (Stonehill President), Fr. John
Denning (Stonehill Vice President for Student Affairs),
Paula Sullivan (Vice President for Intercollegiate
Athletics) and Brendan Sullivan for granting me the
opportunity to work with an exceptional group of people
and grow as a professional in each of the roles that I have held
within the Department of Athletics at Stonehill," said
Smith. "Those opportunities in conjunction with their
leadership have prepared me for this next step in my career.
Stonehill will always have a special place in my heart both
personally and professionally."
In addition to his experience at Stonehill, Smith also worked as an event manager for Contemporary Services Corp. at Gillette Stadium from 2002 to 2003, and served as director of operations at Bryant University from 2000 to 2002.
A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2000. He also earned his MBA in marketing from Bryant University in 2002. At Southern New Hampshire, Smith was a member of the men’s lacrosse team and served as captain during his senior season in 2000.