Worcester, Mass. (May 2) -- Nicholas (Nick) Smith has been named Assumption College’s new director of athletics. He succeeds Ted Paulauskas ’67, who is retiring after nine years.
“After a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Nick Smith will become director of athletics for Assumption College,” said Catherine WoodBrooks, Assumption’s vice president for student affairs, who oversees the department. “Nick’s experiences will provide a strong foundation as we continue to enhance Assumption’s excellent intercollegiate athletic program.”
In his new role, Smith, who comes to Assumption from Stonehill College, will be charged with leading and overseeing the College’s athletics programs, employees and operations. He will also serve as Assumption’s liaison to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the Northeast-10 Conference and other athletics organizations.
Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo noted: “Nick Smith has expressed a thoughtful vision for Assumption’s Athletics Department, and a deep understanding of and appreciation for the College’s mission. His commitment to working closely with student-athletes will enhance their liberal arts education through Assumption’s intercollegiate athletic program.”
“I would like to thank the entire Assumption College community for this exciting opportunity,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff, in addition to getting to know the alumni and those associated with Assumption College.
“I believe that the future is bright for Assumption College athletics, and I am eager to get started,” he said. “I would also like to thank Ted Paulauskas for all he has done for Assumption College Athletics, and I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation he has developed.”
At Stonehill College, Smith worked in the Department of Athletics since September 2003, including most recently as associate director of athletics. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the department’s budget, providing administrative oversight for multiple varsity teams, as well as assisting in the planning and coordination for the construction of WB Mason Stadium, Lou Gorman Field, and soccer fields; and supervising staff. He also directed the Stonehill College Sports Camps, which generated more than $50,000 in revenue for the department over the last two years.
In addition to his experience at Stonehill, Smith also worked as an event manager for Contemporary Services Corp. at Gillette Stadium from 2002 to 2003, and serve as director of operations at Bryant University from 2000 to 2002.
A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2000. He also earned his MBA in marketing from Bryant University in 2002. At Southern New Hampshire, Smith was a member of the men’s lacrosse team and served as captain during his senior season in 2000.
He lives in Cumberland, R.I., with his wife, Melissa, and daughters, Alyson and Emily.
About Assumption College
Assumption College was founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Massachusetts. With 40 majors and 45 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies, Assumption College offers an educational experience grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. Assumption graduates are known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information, visit www.assumption.edu.