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Conference - 8/22/14
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Commissioner Gregg M. Kaye today announced the appointment of Kaylyn Smith as CCC Assistant Commissioner.
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.