BIDDEFORD, Maine -- University of New England President James Herbert is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Curt Smyth as Director of Athletics. Smyth has been serving as the interim director of the department and has been a member of the UNE Athletics staff for more than 20 years.
"I am thrilled that Curt will be stepping into this leadership role," said President Herbert. "With over twenty years of service to UNE, he has demonstrated his dedication to our students and the university. His work ethic, guidance, and accomplished oversight have been instrumental in the success of our athletics program."
Smyth is delighted to continue into this new position. "I am so excited to become the next director of Athletics at UNE," he said. "It is an honor to be part of a university that has transformed itself into a regionally and nationally recognized institution. I am truly grateful for the confidence President Herbert, Interim Provost Michael Sheldon, and other senior administrators have placed in me through this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to leading our athletics program to continued success."
Smyth joined the UNE Athletics staff in 1997. During the first decade of his tenure, he served in multiple coaching positions before moving into administrative roles. In September 2017, Smyth was promoted to interim director of Athletics for the third time in his career at UNE. He has been UNE's sports information director since his arrival in 1997, with the exception of the two-plus years he served in the interim director position. In October, 2017, Smyth was inducted into the University of New England Athletics Hall of Fame.
During his ten years as head women's basketball coach (1997-2007), Smyth's teams won 142 games and captured UNE's first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in the sport in 2001. Smyth later served on the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Ranking Committee and was a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee from 2012 to 2016.
Smyth served as head softball coach in 1999 and coached the men's golf team from 2003-2004.
An active member of the sports information profession, Smyth has worked as the publicity coordinator for the Commonwealth Coast Conference, Maine Athletic Conference, NAIA District 5 and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Prior to UNE, he was the sports information director at his alma mater, Saint Joseph's College of Maine, for five years.
A native of Gorham, Smyth resides in Biddeford with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Drew and Anna.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
The University of New England is Maine's largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine's only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.
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ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.