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Gene Smith Announces Retirement Date

In a moment that marks the end of an era, Gene Smith, the esteemed and influential Director of Athletics at The Ohio State University, is set to retire in June 2024.

In a moment that marks the end of an era, Gene Smith, the esteemed and influential Director of Athletics at The Ohio State University, is set to retire in June 2024. With a legacy spanning over two decades of remarkable achievements, Smith's departure leaves an indelible mark on the university's athletic program and sets the stage for a new chapter in Ohio State's sports history. A Legacy of Excellence Gene Smith's tenure as Ohio State's Director of Athletics has been nothing short of exceptional. Hired in 2005, Smith embarked on a journey to elevate the Buckeyes' athletic program to new heights. Under his leadership, the university enjoyed unprecedented success across a wide array of sports, both on and off the field. During his tenure, Ohio State claimed numerous Big Ten championships, national titles, and Olympic medals. Notably, the football program thrived under Smith's watch, securing multiple conference championships and appearances in the College Football Playoff. However, Smith's dedication wasn't limited to the gridiron; he also oversaw the development of highly competitive programs in basketball, wrestling, track and field, and many other sports. Beyond the Scoreboard While accomplishments on the field are undoubtedly a testament to Smith's leadership, his impact goes far beyond the wins and losses. He prioritized the holistic development of student-athletes, ensuring their success academically, personally, and athletically. His commitment to the "Buckeye Way" – a term coined to describe the university's emphasis on integrity, excellence, and community involvement – has shaped the character of countless student-athletes. Smith's tenure also witnessed the modernization of Ohio State's athletic facilities, providing student-athletes with state-of-the-art training environments. Moreover, he played a pivotal role in shaping the culture of diversity and inclusion within the athletic department, fostering an environment where athletes from all backgrounds could thrive. A Visionary Leader Smith's departure marks the end of an era, but his visionary leadership has laid the foundation for Ohio State's continued success. His emphasis on comprehensive student-athlete well-being, coupled with his commitment to ethical and inclusive practices, has set a standard for future athletic directors to follow. Looking Forward As Gene Smith passes the torch to his successor, he leaves a legacy of excellence, integrity, and unwavering dedication to Ohio State's athletic program. While his shoes will be hard to fill, the university is poised to continue building upon the foundation he has laid. Smith's retirement offers an opportunity for new perspectives and approaches to propel Ohio State's athletic program to even greater heights. Conclusion Gene Smith's retirement from Ohio State in June 2024 marks the conclusion of an era defined by athletic excellence, academic achievement, and a commitment to values. His legacy will forever be intertwined with the university's storied history, serving as an inspiration for future generations of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. As the Ohio State community bids farewell to a remarkable leader, they do so with gratitude for his transformative contributions and excitement for the bright future that lies ahead.

Austyn McFadden

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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