Posted: Aug 22, 2014
Smith, a native of North Greenbush, N.Y, is a former collegiate basketball and field hockey player at Western New England University, from which she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010. She subsequently earned her Master of Education degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Springfield College in 2012.
The former two-sport CCC student-athlete returns home to the CCC following two years as Assistant to the Director of Athletics at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), an experience that was made possible through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women in Sports grant program. At MCLA, Smith wore several hats, playing an active role in student-athlete leadership, sports information, rules compliance, marketing and promotions, special events, staff supervision and contest management. During her final year at MCLA, Smith also served as head women's lacrosse coach, while also acting as MCLA's voting delegate to the 2014 NCAA Convention.
Before completing her tenure at MCLA, Smith was recognized as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) 2014 Division III Administrator of Tomorrow Award recipient. She will be honored at the 2014 NACWAA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky this October. For more information on the NACWAA Administrator of Tomorrow Award, please click HERE.
Prior to her two years at MCLA, Smith held internships at The College of Saint Rose and Westfield State University, as well as a graduate presidential fellowship at Springfield College.
Athletics and academics are in Smith's blood. A former three-sport all-league performer and the 2006 Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, N.Y., Kaylyn is the fifth of six children of Maggie and the late Robert Smith. After excelling at four sports at Cardinal McCloskey High School in Albany, N.Y., Mr. Smith was a member of Auburn University's Division I national powerhouse football program. After completing his graduate degree at North Adams State College (now known as MCLA), Mr. Smith compiled a long and accomplished career as a teacher, three-sport coach, athletics director and assistant principal at Columbia High School. Today, the gymnasium and basketball court at Columbia bear his name.
Smith's responsibilities with the CCC will include oversight of the Conference's athletics communications and social networking efforts, supervision of the CCC awards program and conference championship administration. A former Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president as an undergraduate at Western New England, Smith also will serve as advisor to the CCC SAAC, while also working closely with the CCC's Senior Woman Administrators and various coaching groups.
"I am delighted to welcome Kaylyn Smith to the CCC family," stated Kaye. "Her enthusiasm and passion for athletics, leadership and student-athlete development are infectious. Kaylyn's perspective as a former CCC student-athlete who went on to wear administrative and coaching hats at the Division III level will be invaluable as she will assist me in serving the administrators, coaches and, most importantly, the student-athletes at each of the CCC's 10 member institutions."
Smith will begin her duties in the CCC office on Tuesday, Sep. 2