Michael Smoose, a 20-year college athletics veteran, has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director, as announced by Associate Dean of Students Mel Graf. Smoose was hired in the fall of 2015 as the department's Sports Information Director.
Smoose will continue to run the day-to-day athletic communications operations while also overseeing game management, facilities, campus recreation, club sports and intramurals and will have sport oversight.
Since his arrival, Smoose has overseen the redesign of the department's website while also revamping the Wildcats' social media platforms. Johnson & Wales athletics have received increased local, regional and national coverage including two spots on ESPN's Top 10 plays. JWU was a finalist for a 2018 NACMA "Best of" Award in the Fan Engagement category.
Prior to joining Johnson & Wales, Smoose served as Assistant Director of External Relations at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. He oversaw the department’s marketing and promotions plan as well as corporate sponsorship and the Pirate Athletic Association. Under his direction, corporate sponsorship revenue doubled and PAA membership rose by 75 percent.
"I want to thank Jamie Marcoux and Mel Graf for this opportunity," Smoose said. "I love working in collegiate athletics with coaches, student-athletes and staff who are passionate about what they do. I'm looking forward to being a member of the Wildcat family and telling all the great stories there are about our student-athletes and coaches."
Smoose spent 11 years in sports information with stints at Ohio University, Fresno State University, Northern Illinois University and Florida State University. While at Florida State he publicized the Seminoles’ nationally ranked women’s basketball and track and field teams while serving as a secondary contact for football and men’s basketball.
A native of Brookville, Pa., Smoose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports industry from Ohio University. He received his Master of Business Administration degree at Florida State. He is married to Melissa Batie-Smoose, the associate head coach at Fairfield University. The couple lives in Providence with their daughter Madison.