Virginia Tech Athletics Department
Lane Stadium (West Side)
285 Spring Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Responsibilities: Smith is in charge of the entire Tech athletics ticket operation, including the sale and distribution of tickets to Tech football and basketball games and other athletics events.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 1991
At Virginia Tech: Smith began his second stint at Virginia Tech in 1991 after being hired as the assistant ticket manager. Following seven years in that position, he received a promotion, being named assistant AD for ticketing services and tasked with overseeing the selling and distribution of all Tech athletics sporting events. His first stint at Tech began in 1981 when he worked in the ticket office and served as an assistant wrestling coach while obtaining his doctorate degree. He also worked as an intern in the business office during that time.
Prior to Virginia Tech: Smith came to Tech in 1991 after serving two years as the assistant AD for marketing and promotions at Davidson College. Prior to working at Davidson, he worked in the role as the general manager and vice president of the Tampa Bay Thrillers and Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), handling day-to-day operations and helping to oversee the move of the franchise from Florida to South Dakota.
Education: East Carolina, 1970 (B.S. in biology); North Carolina, 1974 (master’s in physical education); Virginia Tech, 1985 (doctorate in education).
Of Note: Smith served in the Marines full time for three years following his graduation from East Carolina and spent time in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and he stayed in the Marine reserves following his discharge until 1996.
After getting his master’s from North Carolina, Smith was a teacher at Frederick Military Academy in Portsmouth, Va., where he also served as a wrestling coach, assistant football coach, and track and field and cross country coach. He left in 1981 to pursue his doctorate degree at Tech.
Smith has served as the chairman of PACnet during his time at Tech. PACnet is an organization of those who use Paciolan, the ticketing software used by many throughout the country, including Tech.
Personal: A native of Raleigh, N.C., Smith and his wife, Marsha, live in Christiansburg, Va.