Celebrating the Career of Gene Smith

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Episode 23 26-minute listen

Celebrating the Career of Gene Smith

Gene Smith’s impact on Ohio State athletics is overwhelming, to say the very least. Not to mention his impact on the NCAA and the Big Ten in general. In this episode, we sit down with Gene to discuss his long and impactful career, the lasting impressions he’s made and how putting people first — helping others — is what truly counts.
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Smith is retiring July 1 after 19 memorable years as Ohio State’s inaugural Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director. The Buckeyes have won dozens of national championships and Big Ten titles – while also excelling in academics – under his guidance since 2005. He impacted the lives of countless student-athletes with the creation of the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute in 2019, and he kept Ohio State at the national forefront of college athletics by serving on numerous NCAA and conference boards and committees.

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