Beginning his 12th year as director of athletics, James M. (Jamie) Smith came to McDaniel on Sept. 1, 1999 – a month shy of his 36th birthday – after three years as associate athletics director at Loyola College of Baltimore.
Smith, who served the previous four years as executive director of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Cornell University. He played a season of club lacrosse in Australia and spent three years (1988-90) with the Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.
Smith joined the Loyola staff in 1986 as coordinator of academic and student-athlete services, rising to assistant athletics director in 1989 before his promotion to associate status in 1996. He ran the department as interim athletics director from September 1990 to March 1991.
As head of USILA from 1996 until 1999, Smith oversaw the weekly poll, the All-America squad and team selection for the annual Senior All-Star game. In 1998, he chaired the Team USA Men’s Lacrosse Team selection for the quadrennial World Games.
Smith grew up in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., on the north shore of Long Island. He earned a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies at Cornell and later added a master’s of education in guidance and counseling from Loyola.
Smith and his wife Gayle have been married since 1987. They have two sons, 20-year-old Devin and 17-year-old Shane, and a daughter, 18-year-old Kerrin.