Steve Smith is entering his second year as Insurance Coordinator for Athletics, and his ninth year overall as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Southern Methodist University. Steve is responsible for the management of medical claims and insurance documentation for the Student Athletes of all 17 sports. Steve also assists with Football coverage and is present at all home Men’s Basketball games.
Steve is a 36 year veteran Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer. He has worked on the collegiate level for 10 years, with professional sports teams for 17 years, and in the hospital clinical setting for 9 years. A 1978 graduate of SMU, Steve began his career after working as a student athletic trainer on the Hilltop. He was hired in 1978 as the first Assistant Athletic Trainer at SMU, working for Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer, Cash Birdwell. Steve’s career highlights include nine seasons with the Dallas Sidekicks professional indoor soccer team, winning the 1987 MISL Championship and serving as the Athletic Trainer at the 1989 MISL All Star Game. Steve also worked eight seasons (1996-2004) for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He has been to five bowl games with the SMU Football team: the 1980 Holiday Bowl, the 2009 Hawaii Bowl, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, the 2012 Compass Bowl, and the 2012 Hawaii Bowl. He worked the 1981 Independence Bowl as Football Athletic Trainer with Texas A&M University. Steve also served as the Athletic Trainer for the 1992-93 Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball Champions at SMU, the last appearance for the Mustangs cagers in the NCAA Tournament. Steve received the 2014 SMU Athletic Department S.P.I.R.I.T. Award as voted on by his peers on campus.
A native Texan, Steve attended Richardson J. J. Pearce High School prior to his enrollment at SMU in 1973. He currently resides in Dallas.