Andrew Smith '89 Head Athletic Trainer/Adjunct Instructor
Phone: (716) 888-8452
Andy Smith '89, is the head athletic trainer and clinical instructor.
Smith returned to Canisius in August 1996 after spending six years as the assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. He also spent one year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Illinois, where he received a master of science degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training in 1990.
As the head athletic trainer, Smith provides primary coverage for the Golden Griffin Men's Basketball team with secondary coverage for the college's remaining 15 intercollegiate sport teams. He also administers and oversees the student-athlete accident insurance and NCAA and Canisius College Drug Testing programs. The Western New York native also serves as an adjunct professor within the undergraduate Athletic Training Program. He has served as a site visitor for athletic training curriculums through the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training. His certifications include BOC Certification, Clinical Instructor Educator and National Safety Council Instructor of CPR, First Aid and AED.
Smith's work has been published. He has offered a variety of regional and national presentations on several topics in sports medicine. He has also been involved with the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Team and was a volunteer athletic trainer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. He worked at the 1999 Summer World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Smith has served in numerous capacities within the New York State Athletic Trainers Association (NYSATA), including Treasurer, Regional Representative, Webmaster and President from 2002-2004, representing nearly 1,300 certified and student athletic trainers statewide. He was honored by NYSATA with the Thomas J. Sheehan Sr. Award for outstanding service to the profession. He recently served as a member of the NATA's Inter-Association Task Force on "Recomended Guidelines on How to Prepare for and Manage Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) During High School and College Athletic Practices and Competitions", which has been published in numerous journals.