Columbus, Ohio is the director of athletics in Ohio Gene Smith was awarded the David Williams II Prize for Leadership during this week’s 2022 Collegiate Sports Summit.

The award is given to the Director of Athletics, who embodies exemplary leadership, vision, service and dedication in interuniversity athletics.

“Gene is fully and passionately focused on improving young men and women,” said Retiree State Athletics Director Sandy Barbour.

The award is named after David Williams, who worked in Ohio for 14 years. He died in 2019.

“It is a great honor and honor for me to be able to receive this award on behalf of David,” Smith said. “He was a pioneer. We are both very different in where we came from, but we were united by one hobby, and that was the student-athletes that we all serve in this hall. “

This is the 18th year for Smith in Ohio.

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