The Gene Smith Podcast

Welcome to the Gene Smith Podcast where we will be sitting down each month to speak with the Ohio State Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director to talk about the current state of OSU Athletics.

Smith was looking for a way to tell Ohio State’s success stories and celebrate the student-athletes, coaches and staff that make up Ohio State Athletics. To accomplish this goal, The Gene Smith Podcast was born.

In the latest episode, In the latest episode, Smith sits down with current Buckeye, Kathrin Demler (Women’s Swimming), and Buckeye alum, Myles Martin (wrestling), to discuss their preparation and pursuit to represent not just our University and the great state of Ohio, but also their home countries in international competition.

Look for new episodes each month.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 8: Buckeyes and Beyond — International Competition

Gene speaks with Kathrin Demler (Women’s Swimming) and Myles Martin (wrestling) about their preparation to represent Ohio State in international competition.


🔊 Season 1 | Episode 7: Business Partnerships, Budgeting and Scheduling

Diana Sabau, deputy director of athletics, joins Gene to offer an inside look at the business operations side of the department as well as discuss the football scheduling process.

Video clip: a look inside football scheduling


🔊 Season 1 | Episode 6: Day’s Transition and Preparation

In the latest episode, Smith begins a series that highlights the excellent work of staff members at OSU by talking with Head Football Coach, Ryan Day, about the transition to his new role and how he prepared for this opportunity throughout his career.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 5: Leadership and Life Skills

Smith discusses the programs OSU has developed to help prepare student-athletes for life outside of the competitive arena with Director of Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute, Maddy McIntyre and former Buckeye Men’s Ice Hockey student-athlete, Christian Lampasso.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 4: Name, Image and Likeness

Crossover season between the fall and winter sports has arrived. In this episode, Smith discusses student-athlete name, image and likeness regulation.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 3: The Ohio State Athletics District

Smith discusses the Ohio State Athletics District, facility upgrades and expansion. He is joined by Izzy Rodriguez of the Buckeye women’s soccer team and Kollin Moore of OSU wrestling to speak about the impact of facility upgrades and expansions.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 2: Student-Athlete Mental Health 

Smith discusses student-athletes and expanded emphasis on their mental health and well-being.

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 1: The Gene Smith Podcast Introduction

Why do a podcast?

“To bring attention to some of the outstanding work that is being done for our student-athletes by different units in our department."


Gene Smith's AD Tree

Patrick Chun

Director of Athletics at Washington State

Martin Jarmond

Director of Athletics at Boston College

Heather Lyke

Director of Athletics at Pittsburgh

Gene Smith

Sr. VP & Wolfe FND Endowed Ath. Dir.

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