TSAC tabs new commissioner
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm
The TranSouth Athletic Conference has named Charlie Smith its new commissioner, according to Freed-Hardeman University president Joe Wiley, chairman of the conference presidents.
Smith, a former FHU athletic director and coach, is currently a senior recognition consultant with MTM Recognition.
“I want to thank the presidents of the institutions in the TranSouth Athletic Conference for the opportunity to serve as its conference commissioner,” Smith said. “I will give my best efforts to ensure the TranSouth continues to play a vital role in the success of the NAIA. With the support of the presidents and the athletic directors and all of the institutions working together, I feel that this will be accomplished.”
Smith, who at various times coached volleyball, baseball, tennis and basketball at FHU over a period of almost twenty years, was the university’s athletic director from 1980 to 2003.
In 1997, he was named the Regional NAIA Male Administrator of the Year. He was selected NAIA Women’s District 24 Coach of the Year nine times between 1987 and 1995. In 1994, he was an ITA Women’s Coach of the Year finalist. He was inducted into the FHU Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
The conference presidents and athletic directors will honor its outgoing commissioner E.L. Hutton at a dinner Oct. 6. Hutton will continue to work with basketball officials and will serve as an adviser to Smith during the transition. Published in The WCP 9.22.11