Matthew P. Smith
Matthew P. Smith
Title: Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: 614-236-6622
Previous College: Toledo '05

Matthew P. Smith MS, ATC, an athletic trainer with nearly 10 years of experience at the collegiate level, has been selected head athletic trainer at Capital University, director of athletics and recreation Steve Bruning announced in early June 2014.

Smith most recently served as assistant director of sports medicine and director of baseball operations at The Citadel (S.C.), an NCAA Division I institution.

“I want to thank everyone on the search committee for allowing me the opportunity to be the head athletic trainer at Capital University,” Smith said. “I am honored to be a part of this fine university and work with its student-athletes. I’m excited about the future of Capital athletic training and about keeping Crusader athletes healthy and competing and their highest level.”

As an assistant athletic trainer, Smith was responsible for the coverage of the baseball and football teams and ran The Citadel Infirmary’s Sports Medicine Sick Call Clinic, where he evaluated, referred and placed cadets on military restrictions for all injuries that occur to the Corp of Cadets. Aside from his athletic training duties, Smith coordinated all aspects of the baseball team’s travel, including budget, transportation, meals, lodging and itineraries.

“We are excited to welcome Matt as our head athletic trainer at Capital University,” Bruning said. “His work ethic and collegiate experience will be invaluable to the institution and to the health and well-being, and the overall experience, of our student-athletes. Matt’s straight-forward approach to communication will be a good fit in our department.”

Prior to The Citadel, Smith was an assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., for two years (2007-09). While at Army, covered the football and baseball teams and assisted with ordering of supplies.

Smith began his career as a resident athletic trainer at The Citadel from 2005-07, covering the football and wrestling teams during that span. He also coordinated travel for the wrestling team and provided athletic training services for the rugby, lacrosse and ice hockey club teams.

A member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 2006, Smith earned his bachelor’s in exercise science with a concentration in athletic training from the University of Toledo in 2005. He earned a master’s in health, exercise and sports sciences from The Citadel in 2007.

Smith and his wife, Michelle, reside in Columbus with their dog, Charley. He is a native of Mentor, Ohio.