Smith Named WIAA Assistant Executive Director
RENTON, Wash. – Bellingham Athletic Director Brian Smith has been selected as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Assistant Executive Director, the association announced Friday. Smith replaces Teresa Fisher who is retiring from the position.
“We are happy to announce Brian joining the WIAA Team,” Executive Director Mike Colbrese said. “His background as a leader at the league and district levels will be a great asset.”
Smith comes to the WIAA from Bellingham High School where he served as the Activities and Athletics Director for the last six years. In addition to being the athletic director, Smith was a teacher at Bellingham where he has taught for the past 11 years. Prior to Bellingham, Smith began his career at Peninsula High School before moving on to Nooksack Valley High School for the next six years. Over the last 18 years, he taught physics, psychology, earth science, sports medicine, health, anatomy and physiology.
“I am thankful for the opportunity and very excited for the ability to serve all the schools in the state of Washington and to have an positive impact on the students,” Smith said.
He has a wide range of experiences at the league, district and state levels. He is the Northwest Conference Cross Country Coordinator and also spent time as the WIAA District 1 Wrestling and Track and Field Tournaments Manager as well as the WIAA State Golf Site Manager. Smith was also the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association President from 2003-07, and is currently the NWC Athletic Directors President.
Smith spent 13 years as a wrestling coach, and in 2006, he was named the Washington State Wrestling Coach of the Year. Smith also has coaching experience in football, baseball, women’s soccer and track & field. His accolades include the US Marine Corp. Sportsmanship Coach of the Year Award in 2007 and the Bellingham School District Shining Star Award in 2008.
A product of Eastern Washington University, Smith earned his health degree in 1993 before pursuing his master’s degree from Concordia University, a private liberal arts school in Chicago, in 2009. He graduated from Fife High School in 1987.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is a private, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) service organization and rule-making body that was formed in 1905 to create equitable playing conditions between high school sports teams in Washington. The Association consists of nearly 850 member high schools and middle/junior high schools, both public and private, and is divided into nine geographic service districts. The state staff administers Association policies, rules and regulations and provides other assistance and service to member schools.