Aug. 5, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jay Moseley, Ohio State head men’s golf coach, announced the hiring of Brad Smith as his assistant coach today (August 5). Smith is no stranger to Buckeye Golf, donning the Scarlet & Gray as a student-athlete and earning All-Big Ten honors in 2011. He also served as the program’s volunteer assistant coach during the 2012-13 campaign as well.
“I could not be more excited to announce the hiring of Brad Smith to join our program,” Moseley said. “Brad is a perfect fit with his leadership, character and background as a Buckeye golfer from 2007-2011. During his time at OSU he was an accomplished player and an outstanding student and leader. He has a great understanding of the golf swing and can relate very well to ‘old school’ and ‘new school’ methods of teaching and coaching; which will easily allow him to connect with our players. We are very fortunate to have a person of Brad’s caliber joining our team.”
“I am honored to come on board as the assistant men’s golf coach at Ohio State,” Smith said. “I had an amazing experience as a student-athlete at Ohio State and can’t wait to join Coach Moseley and the vision he has for Buckeye Golf.”
“It’s always a plus bringing back one of our own,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate athletics director and men’s golf administrator, said. “Brad was an exceptional student-athlete here and I have no doubt he’ll excel coming back as a coach.”
Smith represented Buckeye Nation from 2007-11 before graduating Summa Cum Laude (3.95 cumulative GPA) with a business administration degree majoring in finance. On the course, Smith pushed Ohio State to a fifth-place effort at the 2011 NCAA Championships by placing 17th overall individually. He picked up Second Team All-Big Ten and PING Midwest All-Region accolades that season after tying All-American Bo Hoag with a team-best 72.63 stroke average in 36 rounds played.
The Peru, Ind., native was also honored as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on two occasions. The second such recognition came in March ’11 following Smith’s individual medalist performance at the FAU Spring Break Championship.
Smith was an all-around student-athlete, receiving praise academically and from the OSU strength and conditioning staff as well. He picked up ESPN Academic All-America Second Team laurels as a senior to go along with three Academic All-Big Ten and four OSU Scholar-Athlete designations. Smith received admission into the Buckeye Power Club, a distinction presented to just one student-athlete annually from each team who exemplifies specific qualities in the weight room – leadership ability, work ethic, winning attitude, attendance and ability to follow instructions.
Brad and his wife, Carmen, have been married since August 2010 and reside in New Albany with their two daughters, Scarlett (3) and Linden (1). His uncle, Chris Smith, was a 2000 inductee into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Chris was First Team All-American in 1991 and the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and medalist in 1990.