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July 12, 2010

Smith College Names New Sports Information Director

1NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College recently appointed former Northwood University sports information director and Vermont native Abe Osheyack sports information director.

Osheyack will be the Department of Athletics and Recreation’s primary liaison to the media, promoting news about the college’s 14 varsity teams and eight club sports as well as the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies. He begins Aug. 2.

“I have great confidence that Abe will bring attention to the accomplishments of the student-athletes both on and off the field, in print, on air and online,” said Lynn Oberbillig, director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. “His passion for sport and ability to meet challenges are evident.”

Among Osheyack’s immediate responsibilities will be to oversee the redesign of the Department of Athletics and Recreation Web site and promote the dedication of the college’s new artificial turf field. Funded to a large extent by donations, the $1.3 million turf field is now under construction and expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall field hockey season.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Keene State College, Osheyack served for a year as athletics communications intern at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before joining Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

At Northwood, he wrote, edited and published media guides, wrote game stories, compiled statistics, helped redesign and launch a new athletics Web site, and coordinated interviews between the media and athletics staff that led to coverage in the New York Times, Palm Beach Post, Sporting News Radio and ESPN.

Osheyack is taking over for Carole Grills, who retired earlier this year. In his capacity as a nine-month employee, he will begin the year on Aug. 15 and end May 15.

“I am impressed by the vision that Lynn Oberbillig has for the athletic department, and I am both humbled and honored to be a part of it,” said Osheyack. “I look forward to working with some of the finest coaches, student-athletes and administrators in New England and cannot wait to get started.”

Smith was the first women’s college to join the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and competes in Division III. The college was also a founding member of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.


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