Union County College would like to congratulate Dean of College Life, Tammy Smith on becoming the National Junior College Athletics Association Region XIX new Assistant Women’s Director. Dean Smith has been voted in by her peers to take on this new responsibility. In this position she will assist the directors that oversee each region.
Dean Smith has been at Union County College for three years. She began as the interim athletic director. In August 2010 she was promoted to Dean of College Life, the position in which she currently serves. During her tenure at the college she has created four new teams, a women’s softball team, women’s soccer team, men’s and women’s track and field, and a men’s lacrosse team. She also oversees the Student Government Association/Clubs and under her leadership eight new clubs have been added this past year. She is part of many different committees such as the Sports Management Advisory Committee, Affirmative Action Officer for New Hires, Union’s Golf Tournament Committee, Student Intercollegiate Athletics/Intramurals Committee, is Head of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and the NJCAA XIX Basketball and Volleyball Committee. She had a major part in founding our new school athletic logo as well as hosted one of the College’s most prestigious events, a Title IX celebration, which was the 40th Anniversary of gender equality in education and athletics.
The teams that Dean Smith has established have already made some big accomplishments. The track and field team in its inaugural season had students qualify for nationals. The lacrosse team in its first game won 7-0 and also runs a clinic for children. The women’s soccer team had its first annual Halloween 5K Run in which the proceeds went to support improvements to the College’s Fitness Center and the Athletics Program.
Dean Smith is a graduate from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Science and a master’s degree in Sport Management. She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater. Prior to coming to Union County College, Dean Smith was a coach at North Warren High School in Blairstown, NJ, and Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In 11 seasons at North Warren she had a win/lose record of 193-58. During her time as a coach she has received four Coach of the Year honors from local media. She has been coaching for 27 years. All of these experiences have been able to prepare her for her new position as NJCAA Region XIX Assistant Women’s Director.