Jun 23, 2015
WASHINGTON – Andrew Smith has joined the athletics senior staff at American University as its new Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Internal Operations, as announced Tuesday by AU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker.
In his new role, Smith will be responsible for the Eagles’ compliance office and operations, serve as its liaison for human relations, and have supervisory responsibilities for a number of sports.
"My wife, Bridget and I are incredibly happy about our new home at American University,” said Smith. “I would like to thank Dr. Billy Walker, Josephine Harrington, Athena Argyropoulos and the entire department for this tremendous opportunity. I'm honored to become a part of the Eagles and help to continue their successful academic and athletic traditions.”
Smith comes to American after serving as the Assistant A.D. for Compliance at Fordham University since March 2011. While there, he was responsible for NCAA compliance monitoring and education for more than 50 staff members and more than 450 student-athletes competing for the Rams’ 22-sport varsity program in the Atlantic-10 and Patriot League.
"I'm tremendously excited to announce that Andrew has been selected as our next Associate Athletics Director,” said Walker. “Andrew's demonstrated technical expertise, extensive education, and practical experience make him the perfect choice to join our senior leadership team. The pool of candidates was impressive indeed, and we feel very fortunate to be welcoming Andrew and his wife Bridget to the Eagle family."
Smith is a licensed attorney with experience in higher education law, sports law, sports management and dispute resolution. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 2008 from St. John’s University. He is a member of the New York State and Westchester County bar associations.
He served one year as a teacher and guidance counselor at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., where he was head coach of the junior varsity basketball team and a varsity assistant for five seasons. The 2009-10 varsity team won the New York City Class ‘A’ championship and appeared in the state finals.
From 2008 to 2012, Smith was also a co-editor and contributor to SportsNet New York’s “The Knicks Blog,” writing extensively about the team and serving as the blog’s legal analyst. He wrote and edited hundreds of articles and was a regular contributor to videos and podcasts.
A 2004 graduate of Boston College with a bachelor’s in history and communications, Smith also holds an MBA from Fordham, earned in 2014.