A Southern Gentleman and Scholar

The cohort has just about hit the halfway point for this year and Smiddy is balancing school and volunteer work with ease, while consistently demonstrating just how awesome his personality is.  As far as his studies are concerned, the guy is smart as a whip and rarely, if ever seems fazed by the workload.  He frequently participates in group activities and spends his free time volunteering and assisting his classmates in any way he can.  When he’s not undertaking all of that, he is probably playing his saxophone or visiting Disneyland (one of his favorite places in the world and a familiar landscape as he used to work at Disney World).  Smiddy is known by the class as the “king of one liners” and surprises and delights with his quick wit and perfectly delivered anecdotes.  Smiddy is a fantastic person, and a key member of this cohort.  We are so lucky to have him as a colleague and friend and Tez couldn’t occupy a more deserving member’s desk this week. Congrats Smiddy!


Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Undergraduate Degree: History and Political Science from the University of Tennessee

Age: 27

Favorites Sports Teams: Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols

Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Soccer, Basketball

Favorite Sports Movie: Slap Shot

Fun Fact: Smiddy marched in the Inaugural Day Parade in 2008 in Washington D.C.

What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program?

The involved alumni base was a huge factor for me. The prospect of gaining some hands on international sports business experience by traveling to the Dominican Republic was also very appealing.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program?
It was definitely visiting the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. It was so interesting to see a facet of sports that I had never really been exposed to before.

What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program
I hope to grow my professional network in the Southern California area and make lifelong friends

So far, what is your favorite class, and why?

I really enjoyed Statistics. Dr. Lackritz is a fantastic professor. I had a previous statistics class during my undergrad, but this time through, I felt like I got a better understanding of the theory behind statistics.

What’s your advice for anyone who’s attempting to be the next Student of
the Week?
Get involved any way you can! If you receive an email about a volunteer opportunity, take advantage of it. It’s a great way to network, stay busy outside the classroom, and have a variety of experiences.