HIGH POINT, N.C. – Lees-McRae College's Director of Athletic Training and Senior Women's Administrator (SWA) Rita Smith was honored with the 'Legends of the Game' award Monday evening. This honor is given to administrators who have logged over 30 years of service at their institutions.
"Rita's career has spanned three decades, but the relationships she has created and developed make this honor so special," said LMC Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail. "Her involvement and engagement on our campus has been valuable to the progression of our athletic department. The contributions she has made to making Lees-McRae athletics better over time benefits so many and I am happy to get to work with her every day."
"I am sincerely honored to be recognized by Conference Carolinas with the Legends of the Game award," Smith said after receiving this honor. "The opportunity to be a part of the evolution of the Lees-McRae Athletic Department for the last 33 years has been amazing. I hope that my efforts have played some small role in the successes of the department. I am grateful to the all of the students and colleagues that have supported me. It is very humbling to be recognized with such a prestigious award."
Smith came to Lees-McRae in 1983 as an athletic trainer, assistant basketball and assistant tennis coach as well as associate dormitory director. Over the years she has guided the growth of the athletic training program from just herself, to its current level as a CAATE accredited program with four additional certified athletic trainers and thirteen athletic training students.
During her time at Lees-McRae, Smith has also worked numerous camps and special events from Dave Cowens Basketball Schools to Special Olympic World Games and NCAA Division II Track & Field Championship. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science from University North Carolina Greensboro and her Master of Arts from Appalachian State University. She is a NATA certified athletic trainer as well as a North Carolina licensed athletic trainer.
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