Katelynn Medley ’20 and Austin Taseski ‘21: Greg Brynaert, former athletic director, stepped down because of retirement. Cody Smith took on this challenge, and continues to succeed in this new position.
From his old community in L’anse Creuse, Mr. Smith’s transition moved seamlessly. Mr. Smith says there’s a huge difference in student support and it’s amazing to watch.
“I was the athletic director at L’anse Creuse North for the last six years and started there in 2012. Just the whole [Romeo] community buys into the athletic department, buys into the school, supports the school, and from the biggest team to the smallest team it’s a nice change from where I came from,” Smith said.
The move from L’anse Creuse to Romeo Community Schools shows his commitment to our community’s athletics.
Prior to Romeo and L’anse Creuse, Smith worked as the Florida State University’s Men’s hockey head coach for three years. Mr. Smith’s passion for hockey and other athletics display one of the reasons he decided to join the Romeo community.
“Well I first started my undergrad in physical education and I wanted to work in schools and I always knew I was going to move on to my masters degree, so I got that in sports administration. I just thought it was one of the best jobs in the world while working in the school while working with sports on a day to day basis so I have the best of both worlds”
Students, parents and teachers support and help Mr. Smith no matter the problem he takes on.
“Everyone’s been very supportive, everyone’s been welcoming and helpful and everyone’s been dropping what they are doing and helping me,” Smith said.
Taking the new position as Athletic Director creates a lot of stress and Mr. Smith copes with it in many ways.
“I always tell people it’s two jobs. Working on schedules and transportation and budget but then come three, four [o’clock] you’re outside on the fields or in the gym, so I think just those transitions in the day is a stress reliever in itself and something’s always changing and on the fly,” Smith said.
Mr. Smith’s undeniable commitment shines in our community. His work ethic and passion represents Romeo at its finest. Smith enjoys the student’s attitudes and the Dawg Pound’s dedication to our school.
“They’re intimidating at first. Coming from LCN we had a good student section but it wasn’t really as organized as you guys are,” Smith said. “Everyone here has been respectful like if I have something to tell you guys, it isn’t a fight and you guys coordinate well, and it’s cool to have that interaction with the students.”
Mr. Smith looks forward to Romeo’s advancements in the developing of academies and new teaching styles. He explains it’s very cutting edge and exciting to work for a transcending school. Smith anticipates exciting years to come, alongside Romeo’s athletic department, staff, and students.